Union Rags

Union Strike Overcomes Bad Start For Gallant Bloom Handicap

Mick and Wendy Ruis’ Union Strike recovered from a slow break and made the most of a ground-saving late run to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs, the second of three stakes on Sunday’s card at Belmont Park. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Union Strike broke […]

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Vibrant Market Yields Positive Results Thursday At Keeneland September Sale

A colt by Union Rags brought $250,000 to headline another vibrant day of selling during Thursday’s 10th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 272 yearlings today for $9,019,400, up 37.55 percent from gross sales of $6,557,100 for 255 horses posted in 2017. The average of $33,160 increased 28.96 percent from $25,714 last year, while […]

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Sadler: ‘It’s Easy To Go To Work When You Have These Nice Horses In The Barn’

In the winner’s circle after Saturday’s victory in the Pat O’Brien Stakes, John Sadler was asked how special it was to have two horses like Catalina Cruiser, who had just completed a 7 ¼ length romp, and Accelerate, who had won the Pacific Classic by a record margin a week earlier. “What it does is make me […]

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Tatters To Riches Passes Two-Turn Test In Shared Belief Stakes

In Saturday’s supporting feature at Del Mar, the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes for three-year-olds, Tatters to Riches, the 6-5 favorite under Tyler Baze, dominated his foes with a three and three-quarter length triumph. Tatters to Riches, conditioned by Jeff Mullins for owners Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal, wore down pacemaking Afleet Ascent in the […]

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Catalina Cruiser Absolutely Dominant In Scratch-Depleted Pat O’Brien

Off as the 1-9 favorite in a field scratched down to four starters, Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser lived up to his name in Saturday’s Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar. The 4-year-old son of Union Rags, ridden confidently by Drayden Van Dyke, took the lead mid-way down the backstretch and pulled away down […]

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No Dozing The Sleeper Pick In Forego; Hawksmoor Should Handle Soft Turf In Ballston Spa

Mr and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson’s No Dozing put in his final work before Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga, breezing four furlongs in 51.22 seconds on the Oklahoma training track Monday morning. The Forego is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile this fall at Churchill Downs. Trainer Arnaud Delacour […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: After Selling Walnut Green, Jones As Busy As Ever

Ten years ago, one of the most recognizable names in the sales market handed over the keys to the business he helped build. Russell Jones, 83, has been officially retired since he sold out of Walnut Green, the Pennsylvania-based purchasing and sales consignment company he co-founded with his brother, Richard. Jones worked for the company […]

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Paradise Woods Diagnosed With Bone Bruising, Will Be Turned Out

Dual Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods most recently finished sixth as the 2-1 favorite in the July 20 Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar, and was subsequently sent to the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic for evaluation. According to drf.com, the 4-year-old daughter of Union Rags was diagnosed with bone bruising, and will now be turned out for […]

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Catalina Cruiser Easily Wires Scratch-Depleted San Diego Handicap

Scratched down to a field of five on Saturday, the G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar nevertheless saw a strong performance from Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser. The 4-year-old Union Rags colt led throughout for trainer John Sadler, crossing the wire 6 3/4 lengths ahead of his nearest rival. Off as the 6-5 favorite under […]

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Ruis Transferring His Grade 1 Winners Bolt d’Oro, Union Strike To Asmussen Barn

Bolt d’Oro, who won his first three starts as a 2-year-old in 2017 but has lost four of his last five, will be trained by Steve Asmussen when he returns to the track from a brief freshening. Mick Ruis, who owns and trained the two-time Grade 1-winning son of Medaglia d’Oro, confirmed the switch with […]

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