Tags ‘Union Rags’

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix Saturday May 5th, 2012

DRF | 2 years ago
Bob Fierro & Jay Kilgore Old business first: Our Pick last week, Don Siete, pooped out in the stretch but returns today in the 12th at Tampa Bay—might be worth another look.  And t... Read More...

Crist: Bodemeister, Union Rags hard to get past

DRF | 2 years ago
Steven Crist Steven Crist Tom Keyser Bodemeister’s powerhouse victory in the Arkansas Derby stamped him as a horse to be reckoned with.I... Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Hansen appears rank during final appearance before Derby

DRF | 2 years ago
Mike Welsch Barbara D. LivingstonHansen gave his exercise rider a difficult time when he went to the track Thursday morning and needed an outrider's assistance to come under control.Churchill Dow... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Union Rags’s post okay after all, Matz says

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonUnion Rags got post 4 for the Kentucky Derby.LOUISVILLE, Ky. - At first, trainer Michael Matz wasn’t so thrilled with Union Rags's draw of post 4 for ... Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2012: Depth makes for dynamic event

DRF | 2 years ago
Jay Privman LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gemologist has won all five of his starts, including the important Wood Memorial last time out. He also owns two victories here at Churchill Downs. His trainer... Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Union Rags relaxes without tongue tie

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Churchill Downs Sunny Temp. 68 Track FastLOUISVILLE, Ky – No official workouts to report but still plenty to see on a balmy Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs, where 18 of... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Castellano lands on Gemologist after roller-coaster ride

DRF | 3 years ago
David Grening Tom KeyserJockey Javier Castellano rode Gemologist to victory in the Wood Memorial after starting 2012 as the rider of Union Rags and several other Derby hopefuls.Most jockeys spend... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Rousing Sermon works on light morning at Churchill Downs

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Shigeki KikkawaRousing Sermon worked five furlongs in 1:00.13 Tuesday at Churchill Downs.LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rousing Sermon worked five furlongs in 1:00.13 at Churchill Downs on Tuesday... Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2012: Matz content with Union Rags’s demeanor

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Barbara D. LivingstonTrainer Michael Matz, schooling Union Rags in the Churchill Downs paddock Monday, said he was unconcerned that the 3-year-old was a bit sweaty, calling it "normal... Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2012: Woolley rooting for Take Charge Indy, but picking Bodemeister

DRF | 3 years ago
Marty McGee Benoit & AssociatesChip Woolley, who won the 2009 Kentucky Derby with 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird, is back in Louisville pulling for jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Pat Byrne with th... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Union Rags playful on Monday visit to Churchill Downs track

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Barbara D. LivingstonUnion Rags got a bit hot on the track and while schooling in the paddock (above) on Monday. But trainer Michael Matz, who accompanied Union Rags to the paddock, w... Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2012: Bodemeister looks just as good as Union Rags did a day earlier

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Barbara D. LivingstonBodemeister (left) begins to close ground on stablemate Jemima's Pearl, a Kentucky Oaks contender, durig Sunday's workout at Churchill Downs.LOUISVILLE, Ky. &ndas... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Motion, Matz follow successful patterns with Went the Day Well, Union Rags

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Barbara D. LivingstonTrainer Graham Motion equipped Vinery Spiral winner Went the Day Well with blinkers for Saturday's workout and plans to use them in the Kentucky Derby.LOUISVILLE,... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Planned Union Rags drill could be delayed by storm

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Audrey C. CrosbyUnion Rags gallops over the Churchill Downs main track on Friday morning.LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A desire to avoid the unpredictable spring weather in Kentucky has kep... Read More...

Kentucky Derby workouts: Union Rags hits Churchill Downs track; I’ll Have Another works at Hollywood

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Audrey C. CrosbyUnion Rags gallops under Peter Brette Friday at Churchill Downs.LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The first appearance at Churchill Downs of Union Rags and a somewhat unorthodox six-f... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Matz keeps Union Rags fresh for big day

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Tom KeyserUnion Rags’s preparation for the Kentucky Derby has mirrored that of Barbaro, who won in 2006. Above, Union Rags finishes third in the Florida Derby.To much of the racing ... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby: Matz unsure where Union Rags should work this weekend

DRF | 3 years ago
Marty McGee LEXINGTON, Ky. – Michael Matz was a medal-winning Olympic equestrian, saved four children from a burning airplane, and trained a legendary horse named Barbaro to win the Kentuck... Read More...

Keeneland: Kentucky Derby prospect Union Rags arrives from Florida

DRF | 3 years ago
Matt Hegarty Barbara D. LivingstonTrainer Michael Matz says he is uncertain whether Union Rags will work out over Keeneland's Polytrack or ship to Churchill Downs to work on dirt.LEXINGTON, Ky. &... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Union Rags puts in final Florida work; heading to Kentucky this weekend

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Tom KeyserUnion Rags will ship to Keeneland on Saturday evening.BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Union Rags had the first of his final three works leading up to the Kentucky Derby, and his... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Reveron may enter Lexington in last-ditch effort for graded earnings

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Barbara D. LivingstonReveron could make a start in the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland on April 21.MIAMI – Trainer Agustin Bezara said Monday that he will nominate Reveron to the... Read More...

Tuley: Union Rags remains future book Derby favorite in Vegas

DRF | 3 years ago
Dave Tuley Dave Tuley The calendar says it’s time for some spring cleaning, so it’s time to clean out this reporter’s no... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Latest round of preps muddle picture

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Tom KeyserTake Charge Indy (right) holds off Reveron (center) and Union Rags to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby.Upset wins by Take Charge Indy in the Florida Derby, Daddy Long Legs in t... Read More...

Trip Notes: Florida Derby, Gulfstream Oaks, Louisiana Derby, and more

DRF | 3 years ago
Michael Hammersly Saturday, March 31, 2012 Gulfstream Parkread more Read More...

Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, El Padrino heading to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Elizabeth MacyTake Charge Indy, winner of the Florida Derby, will make his next start in the Kentucky Derby.BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, and El Padrino al... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Union Rags starts final day as favorite in Pool 3

DRF | 3 years ago
Marty McGee Tom KeyserUnion Rags was the 7-2 favorite heading into the final day of wagering into Pool 3 of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite being defeated Sat... Read More...

Take Charge Indy Takes Charge

Under a smart ride from Calvin Borel, Take Charge Indy wired Saturday’s Florida Derby (G1) field at Gulfstream Park, upsetting odds-on favorite Union Rags. Borel immediately put Take Charge Indy on the lead at the break. The son of A.P. Indy appeared... Read More...

Gulfstream: Take Charge Indy upsets Florida Derby; Union Rags third

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Tom KeyserTake Charge Indy (right) wins the Florida Derby under jockey Calvin Borel. Union Rags (left) had a difficult trip.HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – He was right. Trainer Patric... Read More...

Union Rags Fuels Owner’s Dreams

Horse racing is about big dreams. Phyllis Wyeth, breeder and owner of Florida Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags, knows all about them. Wyeth shared with Gulfstream Publicity this week a story about a filly she had high hopes for years ago and how that fil... Read More...

Gulfstream: Union Rags an imposing challenge for El Padrino in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Barbara D. LivingstonEl Padrino gets some attention from exercise rider Isabelle Bourez at Palm Meadows on Wednesday.HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The barn of Todd Pletcher at the Pa... Read More...

2012 Florida Derby Preview – Union Rags and ??

For good reason, the overwhelming favorite in the 2012 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park this Saturday is Union Rags. He has raced 5 times, with 4 wins and a 2nd place effort which came in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Hansen). His one... Read More...

Hovdey: Producer doesn’t have to look far for story

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Hovdey Family is not the most important thing in Thoroughbred horse racing, but just try getting from the quarter pole home on Derby Day without it. In that regard, the freshly minted Chloe J... Read More...

Free: Usually reliable mutuel field may fail to cash in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 3 years ago
Ever get the feeling you took a wrong turn? Backed the wrong horse?Perhaps then, you will relate to apprehension regarding the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Something this year is very odd.The third and final pool for the 2012 Derby closes Sunday a... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Scouting the top horses and key prep races

DRF | 3 years ago
DRF staff Lynn RobertsEl Padrino (left) outduels Mark Valeski by a nose in the Feb. 25 Risen Star. What did the race say about both colts' Kentucky Derby chances?As March turns to April, our anal... Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Union Rags looks ready for another step forward in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Tom KeyserPeter Brette sits atop Union Rags (left) accompanied by Michael Matz on Wednesday at Palm Meadows.HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – As good as Union Rags ran last time out in t... Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Union Rags, El Padrino top field of nine for Florida Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Tom KeyserUnion Rags trains Wednesday at Palm Meadows in preparation for Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.HALLANDALE, BEACH, Fla. – Union Rags drew post 6 and... Read More...

Jerardi: Union Rags sitting on big one in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Dick Jerardi Barbara D. LivingstonUnion Rags figures to need a triple-digit Beyer Figure to win the Florida Derby.These 3-year-olds keep running faster. By the time they all reach Kentucky, it ma... Read More...

Gulfstream: Seven probable for Florida Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The fields for the seven stakes races on Saturday’s Florida Derby day program at Gulfstream Park are all but set, including the main event, which ... Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Union Rags, El Padrino top prospective field of seven for Florida Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Barbara D. LivingstonUnion Rags is being pointed to the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 31.HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A field of at least seven 3-year-olds now seems definite for t... Read More...

Alpha Targeting Wood Memorial

Sunday morning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told the communications team at NYRA Press that the Wood Memorial (G1) on April 7 at Aqueduct is the likely next stop for his Kentucky Derby hopeful Alpha. Winner of the Count Fleet and Withers Stakes (G3) at Aq... Read More...

Jerardi: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile continues as key race

DRF | 3 years ago
Dick Jerardi Barbara D. LivingstonHansen (right) wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, holding off Union Rags (left), and Creative Cause (center).Here is some advice for you all you future-book fanc... Read More...

Union Rags, Animal Kingdom get maintenance works at Palm Meadows

DRF | 3 years ago
Mike Welsch Barbara D. LivingstonUnion Rags will likely be a heavy favorite to win the $1 million Florida Derby on March 31.HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Animal Kingdom, the reigning Kentucky De... Read More...

Mike Harrington to saddle two in today’s San Felipe

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Trainer Mike Harrington, who turns 70 on April 5, will send out both Creative Cause and Empire Way in today’s San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. The key prep race for the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 7, the San Felipe is also a steppingstone to the ultimate goal: the Kentucky Derby (G1) […] Read More...

Gotham Stakes preview

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon & Joel talk about the recent attrition on the Kentucky Derby trial, and bring in Brisnet’s Ed DeRosa to help break down Saturday’s Gotham Stakes. Read More...

Union Rags Cruises to Fountain Win

If you weren’t a believer before, you should be now. At this time, Union Rags is hands down the best three year old in the United States. After his narrow defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, some thought that he was overrated, some... Read More...

Union Rags Dominates Fountain of Youth Foes

Union Rags photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo In a sparkling performance, Union Rags establishes himself as a clear Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags’ reputation may have taken a hit when he lost last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenil... Read More...

Let’s Get Serious

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon & Joel preview a serious weekend of Kentucky Derby preps, headlined by Sunday’s Fountain of Youth. The guys discuss what to expect from early Derby fave Union Rags in his seasonal debut, along with the Pletcher duo – Algorithms and Discreet Dancer. They talk El Padrino, the rest of the Risen Star cast and […] Read More...

Fountain of Youth Stakes attracts compact, competitive field

By MICHAEL COMPTON As the Kentucky Derby trail kicks into high gear this weekend, Sunday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park should go a long way in helping sort out the 3-year-old picture, at least in South Florida. With a field that includes the undefeated Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Algorithms and Florida-bred Discreet […] Read More...

Pletcher Pair to Clash With Union Rags

Photo of Algorithms courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo Sunday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park promises answers in sorting out contentious 3-year-old division. As the Kentucky Derby trail kicks into high gear this weekend, Sund... Read More...

Fast-Paced Derby Snapshot

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
The TCI boys quickly catch you up on the progress of major Triple Crown contenders yet to make their 3-year-old debuts, and tell you where they will likely surface. They also discuss a couple of races this weekend that could have an impact on the Triple Crown Trail. Read More...