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May 8, 2012 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, barely 12 hours after a Kentucky Derby that had been 6 months in the planning went very wrong in less than a second. Michael Matz was walking a horse named Welcome Dance around the Barn 42 shedrow, passing a sedate Union Rags, peering out from his stall. As he rounded the corner, Matz called back over his shoulder: "We did everything we wanted except the last 2 minutes and that was the part we couldn't help. " In horse racing, you can be prepared, organized and make rational decisions.
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May 8, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, barely 12 hours after a Kentucky Derby that had been six months in the planning went very wrong in less than a second. Michael Matz was walking a horse named Welcome Dance around the Barn 42 shedrow, passing a sedate Union Rags, peering out from his stall. As he rounded the corner, Matz called back over his shoulder: "We did everything we wanted except the last two minutes, and that was the part we couldn't help. " In horse racing, you can be prepared, organized, and make rational decisions.
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May 7, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - From a sixth-floor balcony above the finish line at Churchill Downs, Chadds Ford's Phyllis Wyeth strained to find her horse through her binoculars as the field of the 138th Kentucky Derby passed by the first time. Wyeth's view was partially obstructed, and maybe that was for the best. She asked her husband, where is he? "Way back there," Jamie Wyeth said when he finally spotted Union Rags. " Way back there. " His odds of winning had evaporated before Union Rags even got running.
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May 5, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They've been running the Kentucky Oaks, the most prestigious race for 3-year-old fillies, as long as they have run the Kentucky Derby, so history was made Friday in the race's 138th edition at Churchill Downs as Rosie Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Oaks. Believe You Can, a 13-1 shot, won for Delaware Park-based trainer Larry Jones, defeating Broadway's Alibi by three-quarters of a length. Parx-based Grace Hall continued her streak of always hitting the board, finishing third for trainer Tony Dutrow, 21/2 lengths back.
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May 4, 2012
  Here is the field for Saturday's 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, post time: 6:23 p.m. NBC10. All carry 126 pounds. Distance: 11/4 miles. Purse: $2,219,600 if 20 start. First place: $1,459,600. Second place: $400,000. Third place: $200,000. Fourth place: $100,000. Fifth place: $60,000. Advance wagering available Friday.   1. Daddy Long Legs    O'Brien         O'Donahue      30-1 2. Optimizer . . .                Lukas            Court            50-1 3. Take Charge Indy . . .          Byrne            Borel            15-1 4. Union Rags             Matz            Leparoux      9-2 5. Dullahan . . .                Romans         Desormeaux   8-1 6. Bodemeister             Baffert         Smith            4-1 7. Rousing Sermon          Hollendorfer Lezcano         50-1 8. Creative Cause . . .          Harrington      Rosario         12-1 9. Trinniberg                Parboo         Martinez         50-1 10. Daddy Nose Best . . .       Asmussen      Gomez         15-1 11. Alpha . . .                   McLaughlin      Maragh         15-1...
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May 4, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jamie Wyeth stood off to the side of the grassy plot outside Barn 42, hard by Longfield Avenue, silently sketching the crowd watching the colt his wife owns taking a bath. If one scene could describe the Kentucky Derby experience, that would be it. "It's amazing interest," Wyeth said. "It sure is a distance from my studio and my world. " The Wyeths had just been trackside at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning watching Union Rags take one of his final morning gallops before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
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May 1, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - According to trainer Bob Baffert, Bodemeister is not the kind of horse who flashes his ability gratuitously. If you want to see the best the son of Empire Maker has to offer, you better be prepared to ask for it. "When he's just galloping, he's sort of lazy," Baffert said. "That's what took me so long to get him to the races is we thought maybe he needs more time. But finally we said, 'We're going to run him,' and then, boom. " The Arkansas Derby winner answered the bell when called upon Sunday, working five furlongs in 59.60 with Kentucky Oaks hopeful Jemima's Pearl at Churchill Downs in his last major move before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
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April 2, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Horse trainer Michael Matz woke up Sunday about 4 a.m. and, as he always does, looked at his phone. He's got an app on the phone attached to a camera outside the stall of his big horse, Union Rags. "He was just laying down in the stall, laying there with his head on the side, just really resting," Matz said later Sunday morning. "When he's like that, he really takes care of himself well. " On Saturday, Union Rags had finished third as the 2-5 favorite in the Florida Derby.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Horse trainer Michael Matz woke up Sunday about 4 a.m. and, as he always does, looked at his phone. He's got an app on the phone attached to a camera outside the stall of his big horse, Union Rags. "He was just laying down in the stall, laying there with his head on the side, just really resting," Matz said later Sunday morning. "When he's like that, he really takes care of himself well. " On Saturday, Union Rags had finished third as the 2-5 favorite in the Florida Derby.
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