Winner of the Belmont Stakes (G1) this season, Union Rags suffered a suspensory injury that was diagnosed just days after he worked out at his home base of Fair Hill training center on July 6. He was preparing for Monmouth Park’s Haskell Stakes (G1) later this month.
According to an article on Daily Racing Form’s website, Russell Jones, an adviser for owner Phyllis Wyeth, confirmed that the Belmont Stakes was the colt’s final start. Union Rags will begin stud duty in 2013.
A son of Dixie Union, Union Rags won five of eight starts for earnings of $1,798,800 while in the care of trainer Michael Matz. In addition to the Belmont Stakes, his other Grade 1 score came in the Champagne Stakes (G1) as a juvenile. He finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs.
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