After a string of four off-the-board performances in stakes races last year, trainer Michael Matz strongly considered retiring his graded stakes-winning turf mare Somali Lemonade.
A Little Bit Sassy, winner of the Edgewood Stakes but disqualified from victory in the Regret (gr. IIIT) last time out, returns in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) as the second week of racing begins at Saratoga.
Somali Lemonade surged to the lead in deep stretch and just held off multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten to win the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course.
Assateague dominated seven fillies and mares in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT), leading all the way en route to her first graded stakes win July 8 at Parx Racing.
Somali Lemonade had never been to Pimlico Race Course before, but on the track's biggest day in front of a Preakness Day throng, the 5-year-old mare galloped to victory in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT).
A Little Bit Sassy tracked pacesetter Istanford into the homestretch and eventually pulled away to capture the $171,750 Edgewood Stakes May 2 on the turf at Churchill Downs.
A son of Tapit topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale April 22 on a bid of $725,000 from Mike Repole.
Hard Not to Like pulled a 13-1 upset in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) and earned her first win at the top level April 12 at Keeneland.
Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Miz Ida returns to the site of her latest victory in the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 9 at Churchill Downs.
After knocking on the door in four stakes starts since her arrival from her native France, Minakshi secured the first stakes victory of her career Sept. 15 in the $295,952 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Caroline Forgason's homebred Somali Lemonade took a little time to get the 2013 season underway but found success in her second start off the layup, winning the $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 2.
The public is invited to hear some of the biggest names in racing take the stage April 19 to share their fondest Derby-winning memories.
Emma's Encore won the hearts of racing fans last summer racing for 83-year-old trainer Allen Jerkens. The daughter of Congrats is highweighted in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 10.
Making her first start since a sixth in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Garland Williamson's Hard Not to Like proved her quality with a half-length victory in the $100,000 Marshua's River Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 5.
An overflow of 24 sophomore fillies passed the entry box for the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT), forcing Keeneland officials to split the Oct. 19 running of the race into divisions for the second time in history.
Dwyer Stakes winner Teeth of the Dog, looking to rebound from a fourth in the Jim Dandy, heads a field of nine sophomores including Prospective and My Adonis in the $350,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Sept. 3 at Parx.
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr., making his first visit to Woodbine Aug. 25, guided favorite Colonial Flag to a one-length victory in the $162,559 Ontario Colleen Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf.
Owner Phyllis Wyeth is now shopping for a stud deal for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags, her adviser Russell Jones said July 20.
A field of nine or 10 3-year-old fillies is likely to start in the American Oaks--Presented by American Airlines (gr. IT) July 14 on the turf at Betfair Hollywood Park.
J. W. Singer's Teeth of the Dog ran like an even-money favorite should, gamely holding off a late challenge from Fast Falcon to take the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) June 30 at Belmont Park.
For 3-year-old runners unsuccessful on the Triple Crown trail, the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park offers an opportunity to get back on track for the summer season.
Grade III winner Somali Lemonade seeks a return to form as she makes her first start over the Monmouth Park turf in the $100,000 Boiling Spring Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 23.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags was a happy horse this morning in Michael Matz's barn at the Fair Hill training center in Elkton, Md.
Trainer Michael Matz and Jockey John Velazquez answer questions after Union Rags' victory in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. Watch Video
Union Rags, closing with urgency along the rail under John Velazquez, got up in the final couple of strides to win a heart-pounding finish over Paynter in the 2012 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 9.
Donegal Racing's Belmont contender is now the 9-5 favorite in Saturday's classic. Dullahan finished third in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness Stakes.
Trainer Michael Matz comments on his Belmont contender Union Rags. watch video
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has issued a set of protocols for horses running in the Belmont Stakes, the most notable one being the use of a stakes barn, to which all Belmont starters must go beginning June 6.
Fountain of Youth winner is looking for a clean trip this time under John Velazquez.
Trainer Michael Matz confirmed May 22 that Union Rags will be ridden by jockey John Velazquez in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Teeth of the Dog, a 15-1 shot for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), was bred by a farm with roots in Azerbaijan.
Expected Preakness Stakes (gr. I) starter Teeth of the Dog breezed five furlongs in 1:01 under at Fair Hill Training Center May 12.
Trainer Michael Matz and owner/breeder Phyllis Wyeth announced May 9 that they have decided to forego the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with Union Rags.
Zayat Stable's Bodemeister, the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner, drew post 6 and was made the 4-1 morning line favorite for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Hosted by Todd Schrupp and Paul Rogers, the Trainer's Dinner attracted a full crowd to the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville May 1.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags turned in a sharp half-mile work April 28 and galloped out so strongly the clockers gave him a five-furlong work in :59 4/5. Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard the son of Dixie Union.
Helen Groves' And Why Not fired a :46 4/5 bullet in a half-mile drill at Churchill Downs April 28. The daughter of Street Cry was one of five fillies that worked under the Twin Spires for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags galloped 1 1/2 miles April 27 on his first tour of the track at Churchill Downs this year. He is scheduled to breeze April 28, depending on the weather.
Julien Leparoux has put the Fla Derby behind him and is looking ahead with Union Rags
Michael Matz talks about Union Rags' work at Keeneland on April 20, 2012. Watch Video
The son of Dixie Union worked just after 9 a.m., clocking a half-mile in :47 2/5 and galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.
Grade III winners Somali Lemonade and Dayatthespa headline a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Appalachian (gr. IIIT) at a mile on the Keeneland turf April 19.
Union Rags recorded his first workout since the Florida Derby (gr. I) and his final move at Palm Meadows April 12, breezing four furlongs in :48 2/5. It was the second fastest work of 16 that morning.
A day after Take Charge Indy captured the Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Patrick Byrne said he plans to ship the colt to Churchill Downs early for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Take Charge Indy, with Calvin Borel aboard for Pat Byrne, went wire-to-wire in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I), as he outfought 31-1 shot Reveron. Union Rags, the 2-5 favorite, disappointed to finish third March 31.
Chris Brothers will be watching the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park with great interest March 31.
Before any Triple Crown talk can start, Union Rags must handle his business against eight contenders in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 at Gulfstream Park.
Michael Matz has put the past behind him and is only focusing on getting Union Rags through the Florida Derby and on to the Kentucky Derby, but the trainer is still clearly bothered by the Eclipse Award voting.
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Union Rags breezed a half-mile in company March 24 at Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Union Rags worked an easy half-mile at Palm Meadows the morning of March 10 as he continued to prepare for the March 31 Florida Derby (gr. I).
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