Profile: Union Rags
Union Rags (Eclipse Sportswire)
Union Rags was one of my favorites last fall, and I remain very high on this horse. He may have finished third in the Florida Derby, but he was in complete control of what was going on in that race.
Union Rags has a very well rounded psychology. He shows the ability to manage space and handle chaos. He has a very big herd dynamic. In every race he runs, I see him influencing the patterns of motion of the other horses. Even if he hasn’t been first at the wire, he has been the best horse on herd dynamic and emotional conformation in every race he runs.
His mental stamina is very high. He targets and releases very well. He’s always aware of what’s around him, but he doesn’t tire mentally.
Unlike the vast majority of racehorses, this is an athlete that does not need a lot of coaching from his jockey. I would tell his jockey to trust the horse. You can’t afford to play it safe with a horse like this and have his pace interrupted, as it was in the Florida Derby. Don’t ask him to go backward or slow down.
Union Rags needs to be allowed to build his momentum, to move freely, within reason. He needs to be up in the fight, because he will take over the space of the other horses, time and time again.