For those of us that did not win Mega Millions, it’s on to the second most exciting event of the day, the Florida Derby. It’s a day when the early Derby favorite Union Rags could make a huge statement on his march to Louisville.
It is a small, but talented field for three year olds with Derby dreams. And it’s all about Union Rags. Not ashamed to say that I fell for this horse early on and have not wavered an inch since then. Even in his lone defeat he ran a “winning” race. But three year olds this time of year need to continue to step forward. It is the only way to be ready for the grueling Triple Crown experience.
I see no reason why this horse will not be brilliant, yet again today. He has enough tactical speed and handiness, to be put anywhere he needs to be in the race. And I believe he has the scope and stamina to wear down horse late, if he needs to. On paper, his biggest competition looks to be El Padrino. He is a classy sort and has already shown that he that he loves a fight. You have to wonder though, how much the Risen Star took out of him.
Another horse and blog favorite in here is News Pending. One of two Romans’ trained horses; he has never won on dirt, but has won at the distance. His numbers keep improving and this could be a replay of the Fountain of Youth finish.
Here is a photo of Union Rags taken by his exercise rider Peter Brette via Twitter.
HRTV‘s Zoe Cadman did a great video report 10 days ago on a day in the life of Union Rags at the tranquil Palm Meadows training facility. It’s always interesting to see how a horse handles himself in his daily routine, and it's a little insight on his "state" of mind.
Enjoy the Florida Derby and have a "winning" day!