July 12, 2012 |
THE THOROUGHBRED may very well be the most fragile animal on Earth. One look at the legs in relation to the body tells the story. Union Rags had no issues from the time trainer Michael Matz got him in the spring of 2011 until Tuesday. Then, it became clear there was an issue with a tendon. It is not career-ending, but it is year-ending. The Belmont Stakes winner will not run again in 2012. Whether he runs in 2013 will be up to owner Phyllis Wyeth. "I have just received notification from Michael Matz that Union Rags has sustained a minor tendon injury, which will mean that he will miss the balance of the 2012 season," Russell Jones, Wyeth's adviser, said in a statement.
September 17, 1995 |
Ten years ago, Jessamy Rouson set out to breed the perfect show-jumping horse, one that would leap gracefully over massive obstacles, have a calm disposition, and be breathtakingly beautiful in the bargain. Unlike many breeders who struggle for years to reach their goals, Rouson, of Keswick, Va., achieved almost instant success, and in the 10 years she has been breeding horses, she has developed a dynasty of futurity stars by her foundation stallion, The Silver Baron. At yesterday's International Jumper Futurity, The Silver Baron's progeny captured the first three places in the competition for 5- and 6-year-olds, which was held at the American Gold Cup on the Devon Showgrounds.
July 11, 2012 |
Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out for the remainder of the year with a tendon injury, said Russell Jones, bloodstock adviser to the colt's owner, Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford. The injury was discovered Tuesday morning by trainer Michael Matz. More information will be released Wednesday by veterinarian Kathy Anderson, Jones said. "At this point, a lot is up in the air," Jones said. "Even though he's done minor damage to the leg, there's no chance he will run again this year.
May 29, 1986 |
Special Envoy accelerated after a slow beginning on the jumpoff course and, under the reining of Katie Monahan, sped to victory in the $1,500 Intermediate Jumper Stake yesterday at the 90th annual Devon Horse Show. Special Envoy, the last to go among the five horses that made it to the jumpoff, raced cleanly over seven fences in 29.645 seconds to surpass the 30.195 clocking of Liran and former world champion Michael Matz of Collegeville. Twenty horses started the event. With the title, Special Envoy and Monahan, who was selected for the 1980 Olympic team and who hopes to make the 1988 Olympics, clinched the Intermediate Jumper Championship.
August 10, 1992 |
A week ago, with great reluctance, horseman Michael Matz told his personal tale of survival and heroism to two dozen reporters. He was here, he said, to make news in another role, that of Olympic medalist. It didn't work out that way. Despite strong performances in the preliminary rounds, the 41-year-old native of Collegeville, Pa., finished 10th in the individual jumping final yesterday at the Real Club de Polo. An American did win a medal, a bronze. But the winner's name was Norman Dello Joio, not Michael Matz.
May 17, 2006 |
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro won't arrive at Pimlico until Friday, a day before the Preakness Stakes. Since Barbaro is training just 60 miles from the track, trainer Michael Matz wants to keep his 3-year-old colt at Fair Hill Training Center as long as possible. He also considered waiting until Saturday morning to send his colt by van. "I didn't want to run into traffic or for something to happen on the way down Saturday," Matz said yesterday. "I'd like him to stay in his own stall here, but he's got to give up a little bit, too. " Matz said Barbaro would settle into his new stall at Pimlico late Friday, then go for a prerace gallop Saturday morning.
February 5, 2006 |
In 2004, it was local colt Smarty Jones that made a run for horse racing's Triple Crown. Last year, it was Afleet Alex. Now, another horse with area ties may make it a trifecta. Barbaro, a 3-year-old who began his racing career at Delaware Park, remained undefeated yesterday, winning the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. It was Barbaro's first race on dirt. Ridden by Edgar Prado, Barbaro is trained by Michael Matz, a former Olympic equestrian from Unionville.
May 30, 1991 |
Michael Matz, a 40-year-old rider from Collegeville, Pa., reined his foreign entry, Rhum IV, to the Intermediate Jumper Championship of the 95th annual Devon Horse Show yesterday afternoon. Matz finished the three rounds of competition over three days with 11 points, based on two first-place finishes (worth five points each) and one fourth. Rhum IV and Matz clinched the championship by winning yesterday's $2,500 Intermediate Jumper Stake and rewarding owner Yolanda Garcia Cerecada of Madrid with a $700 first prize.
June 22, 1992 |
One day after gaining a place with Heisman on the U.S. Equestrian Team's Olympic show-jumping squad, Michael Matz won the $50,000 USET Show Jumping Championship yesterday on Rhum IV. "Good horses make good riders," said Matz, from Collegeville, Pa. "I'm very lucky. I have good horses, good owners to work with and a good organization to care for the horses. " Matz was delighted with his latest victory, which came at the conclusion of the equestrian team's Festival of Champions and after three Olympic selection trials during the week.
May 10, 2006 |
Barbaro's competition at the Preakness Stakes dropped a notch yesterday when the trainer for Arkansas Derby champion Lawyer Ron said the 12th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby was unlikely to make the May 20 race. The two horses expected to be Barbaro's chief competition, Brother Derek and Sweetnorthernsaint, still are in. At this point, those are the only two Kentucky Derby horses looking to join the Derby winner at Pimlico Race Course. "Looks like we probably aren't going to come," Lawyer Ron's trainer, Bob Holthus, said in a statement put out by Pimlico.