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Online Horse Racing Betting - No Rags to Riches Story

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 6/11/2012 3:52:40 PM

Tabbed at 4-5 on the morning online betting line after entering the Belmont Stakes, I’ll Have Another hurt himself and had to be scratched which led the way for Union Rags to win the Belmont Stakes by neck as the close second choice.

They like to say horse racing is dead, but the 85,811 in attendance on June 9 didn’t get that memo. Union Rags has the right connections as he is trained by Michael Matz, who also conditioned the late, great Barbaro. He was ridden by Johnny Velazquez who had to skim the rail and barely got up in time.

Union Rags was timed in a slow 2:30.42, recorded a 96 Beyer figure but again it was the online sportsbook bridesmaid role for Baffert and his runners.

Baffert was represented in the Belmont by Paynter, who won an allowance race on the Preakness undercard over 5 rivals by nearly 6 lengths with a 106 Beyer and he ran his eyeballs out in defeat in the Belmont when just getting nailed in the last 50 yards. Over the years, Baffert had felt heartbreak year after year in this event.

The good news for him is that he is lucky to be alive after suffering a heart attack in Dubai several weeks ago.

Kentucky Derby show horse Dullahan was favored in the Belmont but ran poorly to finish out of the money.

Troubled in the Derby when wide, Union Rags wisely was held out of the Preakness to show his talents in the Big Apple.

Rags was heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as the likely champion but was beaten by Hansen and it cost him the Eclipse Award.

Union Rags trainer after the race, Matz: “We always thought this horse had Triple Crown potential. When we trained him, we gave him 4 races as a 2-year-old and gave him a rest and had a good plan. His first race this year couldn’t have been any easier. He had trouble in his second and third race.”

His rider, Velazquez: “I wanted to break well out of there and get a good position. He did everything well behind the horses. Coming down the stretch, it wasn’t my intentions to come in there but when the other horse came over and went out next to me, I said ‘this is my opportunity to get through on the rail’.

With the victory, Rags brought his bankroll to nearly $1,800,000.

Union Rags paid $7.50 to win but an interesting sideline hails from owner Phyllis Wyeth. She owns Chadds Ford Stable and she bred Union Rags. She sold him at auction for $145,000, but she had a dream that he would win the Kentucky Derby and she bought him back for $390,000 last year.

Expect Union Rags to get some well-deserved rest and to gear up again for the summer rush, including the Travers at Saratoga. The way he has shown the ability to finish, suggests he will be a factor against older horses later in the year.

This guy is the real deal and he has not written his sports betting biography yet.


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