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Union Rags Sidelined With Tendon Injury

Union Rags Fountain of Youth
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags has sustained a minor tendon injury and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.

Russell Jones, bloodstock advisor to the colt's owner/breeder Phyllis Wyeth, confirmed the injury July 10. Wyeth is currently evaluating future plans for the son of Dixie Union.

According to Jones, veterinarian Kathy Anderson will provide a statement describing further details about the injury from Fair Hill training center in Maryland July 11.

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Couldn't agree more Mike in SB. Carry Back ran 21 times as a two yr old.nthat may be a little excessive but he was sound for a long career and even contested the Arc in France. We will never get another TC winner if horses race as little as they do and go to the breeding shed and sire horses that race even less.
Today the horses are being bred for speed and not stamina but I think the bigger problem is the way they are being trained, with too much time between races. I'll Have Another had 9 weeks and 4 weeks between races before the Derby and Union Rags had 5 weeks between all of his races this year. Contrast that with the records of the great horses of the 1970's who often raced every two weeks, and remember the big Derby preps like the Wood, Arkansas Derby and Bluegrass used to be two weeks or less before the Derby. This trend of racing horses every 6-8 weeks is bad for the sport and it seems to be just as bad for the horses.
Too bad..hope he recovers and comes back next season. Both winners of the 2012 Triple Crown races done.
This is really sad, althought it helps HOTY chances for I'll Have Another, it still bums me out. I agree that stamina needs to come back, I think having a horse that can race for 4-5 years consistently would help restore popularity.
I'm so disappointed in horse racing these day's. It is like one horse after another going down to injury. There are no soundness and stamina in US breeding anymore. Just wish someone would take a page out of Secretariat...Bloodline from Europe and US on both the Dam and Sire side.
Thanks yukican for the info. I just wonder why we don't shuttle more stallions from areas that still have real distance racing, like Australia etc. to help build stamina in our lines. I think what my problem is that I see our horses here being more injury prone than in the past and our breeders seem more parochial in their approach. Which is a great contrast from the great breeders who bought top stallions and mares from abroad to supplement the stock here. I also think the breeders made a terrible mistake not keeping IHA here. I understand Reddam completely for selling him to Japan. I think he will be a great success there
@AmbitiousD-or, as Reddam alluded to-owners can buy mares in foal at auction in Japan and bring them back. Yoshida does this on a regular basis and in fact a couple of Curlin yearlings sold well at the recent JHRA sale. Austrailian owned Paca Paca Farm bought a Deep Impact filly who may race in Japan or Europe. Shuttling a mare would seem to be an option too, and less expensive. We have/had Lonhro (Octagonal) who shuttled here from Australia. I wonder if he saw some quality mares?
With so much disappointment and injuries to the 3 YO crop, it makes it easier to shift to the standardbreds for the rest of the summer-starting with the $1 million Meadowlands Pace final this Saturday. I find it curious that the pacers & trotters rarely get season or career ending injuries.
In a different day, he would come back. AmbitiousD. I think just logistically and with quarantine issues, it would be easier with a Stallion shuttling. The only way I see him coming back, discounting a severe injury is if the potential money is not there. And the idea of a championship year would improve stud fees
who's next? Hansen, Bodemeister? Last horse standing at he end of the year gets 3 year old of the year?
Seasbisucit, after his almost career ending injury, came back STRONER than ever befors so there is no black and white outcome to this, but MOST never come back.
Even if he comes back next year (which I don't think he will), he'll probably be a cut below what he was this year. And I believe that breeding is the problem. What part of "We need stamina, not speed", don't they understand?
maybe he was sold for big $$$$ and has the same tendon injury as IHA
There are too many investors in thoroughbred racing who only want a quick return on their dollar.
There are too many investors in thoroughbred racing who only want a quick return on their dollar.
He's through racing for good, but fortunately he's ok. It's off to the shed now. Very few outstaning colts return at four anyway these days, one of the reasons why the older circuit is ignored by all but racing enthusiasts.
Is there a reason US breeders do not shuttle mares to foreign countries? Why not send a mare for a year until the foal needs weaning then bring them both back to the US? Are there stricter quarantine rules for this? Although I'm sure its a lot more money.
We have always had active 2 yr old racing, but where I think the problem lies is that we are breeding horses that are from sires and dams that do not race very much except for shorter and shorter races. I agree TV that we need to bring in outside horses particularly from Australia and other places. What we need to do is have a top Australian horse shuttle to North America for breeding. Right now Somebeachsomewhere is shuttling to Australian to improve their harness breeding. I think we need also to look at South African horses as well
Durg your horses, forget the logic of selective pressure and breed for NOTHNG but speed, promote 2 year old racing as if it is the end all (imagine if we pushed you bseball players the way we push babiy thoroughbred? We would have hundereds of childeren with epiphysel injuries like avulsion of the radial head....Ridiculous and then people wonder what happened!! Insanity

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