Working at Fair Hill in Maryland,
Union Rags on Thursday turned in a
1:01 five-furlong breeze, pleasing trainer Michael Matz.
“I was looking for him to go in 1:01,” said Matz, who trains
the 2011 Grade 1 Champagne
and 2012 Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner for Chadds Ford Stable. “He
went nicely. We’re happy with him, and he’ll have one more work
Exercise rider Peter Brette was at the helm on Thursday, with jockey
John Velazquez possible to be aboard Union Rags for his final breeze before the
Belmont Stakes, Matz said. The Belmont
will be Union Rags’ first race with Velazquez in the saddle as
he’ll replace Julien Leparoux, who rode Union Rags to a victory in the
Fountain of Youth, a third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, and a seventh in the
Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.