06/02/2012 1:32PM

2012 Belmont Stakes: Union Rags, Dullahan among those to have works postponed on Saturday

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Barbara D. Livingston
Street Life trains at Belmont Park on Saturday. He had his work postponed because of the wet track.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Five of the 11 likely starters in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, including Dullahan and Union Rags, had their scheduled workouts postponed on Saturday due to heavy rains that moved up the East Coast and pelted Belmont Park Friday evening and into Saturday morning.

The Ken McPeek-trained duo of Atigun and Unstoppable U along with the Chad Brown-trained Street Life also had their works postponed on Saturday.  

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Dullahan was scheduled to work under his new jockey Javier Castellano during the special 15-minute training window reserved for Belmont starters after the renovation break. But the combination of the sloppy conditions and the fact the dogs (orange cones used to section off parts of the track) were set out approximately eight to nine feet from the inner rail were enough for trainer Dale Romans to postpone the breeze at least one more day.

“I waited until almost 8 a.m. before making the decision,” said Romans on Saturday. “But when they said they were going to keep the track floated and weren’t going to open it up, and that they were going to keep the dogs up, I felt it was best to wait at least another day. I have a window of three days, any time between now and Monday, to work him. If the track is good in the morning, he’ll work tomorrow.”

Romans said Dullahan will breeze an easy half-mile when he does work, giving Castellano his one and only opportunity to get acquainted with the horse prior to the Belmont.

“It’s a good time for Javier to get on him, although he’s a pretty straightforward horse and pretty easy to ride,” said Romans.
Union Rags, who like Dullahan skipped the Preakness to await the Belmont, was slated to work early Saturday at Fair Hill in Maryland with his new rider John Velazquez aboard. But with the bad weather having reached the Maryland area much earlier than New York, trainer Michael Matz made the decision to postpone the work on Friday, rescheduling for Sunday morning with Velazquez still slated to make the drive down from Belmont for the drill.

Brown said it was an easy decision to put off Street Life’s work another day due to the track conditions. Street Life, a son of Street Sense, finished a fast-closing third behind Mark Valeski in the Grade 2 Peter Pan in his first start over the Belmont strip on May 12 while equipped with blinkers for the first time.

“The track’s going to dry out, the weather is supposed to be good all this afternoon and tomorrow,” said Brown. “We sent him out at 8:30 this morning because the cones were out and the track a little narrow. I plan on working him five furlongs in company with a workmate on Sunday.”

Tim More than 1 year ago
I just don't see what the big deal is about Union Rags ... His last win was at a mile and 1/16 from an outside post an a day when the inside of the track was dead...he closed well but against very slow early fractions of 24+ and 48+ in a small field... He had no excuses in the Florida Derby as he had a great start and was simply outrun ... and despite his Derby start, many horses have come from 17th place to win or at least finish in the money against speedy fractions like Bode posted ... the bitter truth is he has leveled off and is just not a great 3 year old...good, but not great...
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Obscure jockey.....35000 claimer.......a ? trainer? = possible IMMORTALITY? ONE THINGS FOR SURE.......ITS GONNA BE FUN!!!! may the stars align for u Mario G!!
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Johnny and the Rag Man will be there...we will see how good he really is...
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Johnny & "
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
Thi will have No Effect on DULLAHAN nor UNION RAGS what-so-ever ! These two fine looking colts have already been " Primed - Tuned " and with just afew light jogs around the track will be keen enough . Reports reguarding UNION RAGS is that Peter Brette the Exercise Rider actually wants this colt out on or close up to the lead from the break . That is how well the connections are feeling - veryexcited - as they should be . DULLAHAN , how ever - the connections are just as pleased - and are expecting a huge late burst of energy from this colt in the stretch . So , with this article eguarding miss - time : NOT A FACTR AT ALL
D More than 1 year ago
No I want I'll Have Another to win it with no excuses. There are all ready way too many people running there mouths with words suck as "Cheat" and "Milkshaker" for my taste. The bottom line is IHA is clean and has been running clean and to me that is all that matters. I want him to beat everything they put in front of him to shut some of these people up! He is and has been the best 3 year old the entire year, and totally deserves the triple crown if he wins the Belmont. I think anyone who is on blogs saying things such as "weak crop" and "beat nobody" is just mad cause A) he is a West Coast horse. B) they haven't been on board from the get go and can't admit they been wrong from day one. The same people running their mouths off about IHA and dislike him most likely are the same ones that disliked Zenyatta and loved Rachel. I am on the east coast but know the best horse when I see them. I cashed in the Derby, the Preakness and now will sit out the 2/5 odds on the Belmont and hope he gets a clean trip in NY and we all can celebrate the 12th and newest Triple Crown Champion!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope it keeps raining. Let these cowards miss some work while IHA is fit as a fiddle.
Doug Sloter More than 1 year ago
Agee
"Roy Hobbs" More than 1 year ago
Hmm. James Agee? Tommie Agee?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, Agee-tee-eee.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
How about Clumsy Agee?