Belmont winner Union Rags retired to stud

July 20, 2012 

Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has been retired from racing in the wake of a tendon injury diagnosed weeks after the final leg of the Triple Crown.

The Daily Racing Form, The Blood-Horse and the Philadelphia Daily News all quoted Russell Jones, bloodstock adviser for owner Phyllis Wyeth, confirming Union Rags' retirement.

After the injury was discovered, Union Rags' camp decided to shut the colt down for the remainder of 2012, and it was thought he might return to racing next year.

But Jones told the Daily Racing Form that Wyeth sent out an e-mail Friday to several major Kentucky farms alerting them that Union Rags was officially retired and that she was seeking stud offers.

After finishing third in the Grade I Florida Derby and seventh in the Kentucky Derby, Union Rags re-established himself when he won the Belmont by a neck over Paynter in June. Trained by Michael Matz, the bay colt also won the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes in his seasonal debut in February and captured the Grade I Champagne Stakes as a juvenile.

Union Rags ended his career with earnings of $1,798,800.

Wise Dan, Successful Dan go separate ways

Trainer Charles Lopresti confirmed Friday he will point Grade I winner Wise Dan toward the Grade II, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap going 1 mile on the turf on Aug. 11 while his older half-brother, Successful Dan, will remain on track to face an expected tough field in the Grade I Whitney Handicap going 11⁄8 miles on Aug. 4.

Lopresti had initially planned on sending the siblings against each other in the Whitney. However, with his Grade I turf performer Turallure sidelined due to bone bruising, Lopresti decided to reroute Wise Dan.

Wise Dan most recently finished second in the Grade I Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs, beaten on the line by Ron the Greek.

Successful Dan has won five of his past seven starts.

So Many Ways takes Saratoga opener

So Many Ways and jockey Javier Castellano took control inside the sixteenth pole en route to a 11/2-length victory over Fully Living in the 94th running of the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Friday, the traditional opening day feature at Saratoga Race Course in New York.

The Tony Dutrow-trained filly ran 6 furlongs in 1:11.51 to win her second race in as many starts. She paid $7.60, $4.10 and $2.60. Fully Living returned $3.90 and $2.60 and Baby J, third of six, paid $3 to show. So Many Ways earned $90,000 for owner Maggie Moss.

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