Union Rags gets them talking

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"unionrags12"They’re talking Kentucky Derby again at the Fair Hill Deli. Pretty fun. Union Rags, who spent much of his 2-year-old season at Fair Hill Training Center, won Sunday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes, firmly placing himself at the head of the class of 2012 3-year-olds. The Michael Matz trainee sures looks the part.

And after Barbaro, after Animal Kingdom, we’re ready. Should be a fun ride, even if Union Rags most likely won’t be back here until May. Back in the summer, Matz gushed about Phyllis Wyeth’s colt when we got a chance to cover him his winning effort in the Saratoga Special Stakes for our newspaper The Saratoga Special (no relation).

“I’ve never had a 2-year-old work like this," Matz told us then. “If he can’t win races like this you’re doing something wrong.”

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