Matz basks in glow of Rags’ Belmont victory
It has been an interesting year for trainer Michael Matz to say the least.
The former Olympian began the year with the colt that many pundits thought would win the Kentucky Derby. Not many things seemed to go Union Rags’ way, though, in both the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby. Whether it was ‘bad racing luck’ or maybe the colt just wasn’t as good as he had been at age two.
Whatever the case, there were many that had jumped off the Union Rags bandwagon. Matz remained a firm believer in his colt, though, and new if he could, for once, get a clean trip, his powerful colt would prove doubters wrong.
That opportunity finally came on Saturday, when Union Rags barrelled through an opening on the rail to win the 144th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), vindicating his faith in the colt.