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Keeneland: Kentucky Derby prospect Union Rags arrives from Florida
By Matt Hegarty
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Union Rags, the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby and a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby, arrived at Keeneland on Sunday morning after a long van ride from the Palm Meadows training center in Florida.
Michael Matz, the colt’s trainer, said that Union Rags arrived at his barn at Keeneland at 4:30 a.m. after an 18-hour trip and settled in “without a problem at all.”
Matz has not yet decided on the colt’s training schedule leading up to the May 5 Derby at Churchill Downs, but he said that he plans to work the colt either Saturday or Sunday. Union Rags will either work over the artificial surface at Keeneland or ship up to Louisville to work over the main dirt track at Churchill, Matz said.
“Right now, we’re taking this day-by-day,” Matz said.
Union Rags last had a timed workout on April 12 at Palm Meadows, working four furlongs in 48.80 seconds, the second-fastest work of 16 at the distance that morning.
Owen look in the entries and you will see workouts at all tracks.It is usually updated by noon of the morning works.
I think Matz's first choice for workouts for Union Rags should be Churchill Downs' dirt track. I would like to see DRF writers telling us who is already working out at Churchill Downs at this time. That's important! Come on DRF writers do your job!
Please have all his work outs at Louisville, and I'm sorry that the team did not grab Garrett to ride him(I think it's going to turn out a major factor), but, if he takes to Louisville track he's the class of the field(not downgrading CC or Bode).
I was large on this horse coming into his 3yo season. But bad trip syndrome continues. i'll box him in my pk3 pk4 etc on Derby Day,just because I think thatt much of him and his Finishing kick. But starting to look like a High 1st round draft pick that shows flashes ,but never seemed to put it all together. Good Luck Rags~!
This Horse will finish strong. I look to see him finish 1, 2 in the Derby....a.
As always in a 20 horse field, LUCK will be a BIG factor.There are enough decent horses scheduled to run in the derby that the best horse will not win. The winner will be the horse who will have the ability and agility to survive the calvary charge, while getting an intelligent ride from his jock. This derby looks like the winner will pay a nice price. A good race to dutch.
Even a handfull of Colts that never raced in the B . C . J . look very promising towards the front of the pace . So ALL in ALL , I dont really want to hear about ( WELL WHAT IF ) . Every One for themself , and lets give Crops to whom-ever the winner maybe in the Kentucky Derby . Yes , Anyone that knows me - you know my thoughts whom the winner will be .......................... Anyone Of Of The Colts Coming Out Of The ( KEY RACE ) BREEDERS CUP JUVENILE . In fact , I believe they will even run ONE - TWO
I haven't seen anyone who can beat Union Rags in the Derby as long as U.R. gets a good trip and his jockey is not bullied into making another mistake. If there is no rain , I shall empty my pockets on the best 3yr old in the country while in Las Vegas. If nothing else , I'll get a lot of "free" T-Shirts. Good luck to all. Bob Darling Rhode Island
I rememher last year when Baffert lamented that he didn't bring Looking at Lucky to CD sooner to work him on the CD track.
Why in the world would Matz want to workout UN on synthetic when he's going to run the horse on CD's dirt track that he did well last year in the BC.?
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