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Monday, August 19, 2019

Union Rags' get continue to win, two placed in Stakes

With two of his get stakes placed at Saratoga, Union Rags' get continue to also win in allowance and first time out maiden races.

Tequilita third in the Test StakesTequilita, third in the Test StakesTequilita, owned by Dorothy Alexander (D.D.) Matz, trained by her husband Michael and ridden by Luis Saez, finished a closing third in the seven furlong, $500,000 G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 5 despite having to angle out five wide in the upper stretch.

Tequilita, by Union Rags out of Sangrita, by Mr. Greeley, was beaten by America Gal, who won by four lengths, and Faypien.

"I was pleased with her," said D.D. Matz. "She'd missed some time from training. She'd been ready to run at Belmont, but she got a little cough, and that set us back."

Teuilita, who broke her maiden at Keeneland Oct. 22, 2016, then won a stakes race and finished second in a G2 stakes at Gulfstream, but she hadn't run since May 5 prior to the Test.

"I felt seven furlongs was a good distance for her," said Matz. "Now she's grade one stakes placed. She just needed a couple of jumps and she would have been second, but I was pleased with third."

"We're working on a couple of different options of where to race her next, but our one big goal is a race at Keeneland in October," said Matz. ""I think one mile is her best distance, but we're looking at anything seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles."

Along with Tequilita, Matz said she has a 2-year-old filly by Union Rags named Twiga who had been in training but had recently been returned to Matz' farm.

"She's a very lanky filly," said Matz. "Twiga is Swahili for giraffe, because she's really tall."

"Tequilita is going to be tough going forward," said Russell Jones, a highly respected bloodstock agent who sold his Walnut Green to Mark Reid, but now he helps his wife Donnan's cousin Phyllis Wyeth, who owns union Rags. "The further they stretch her out the better she'll be."


FREE DROP BILLY, by Union Rags out of Trensa, by Giant's Causeway, finished second to Firenza Fire in the six furlong, G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga on July 22.

FreeDropBilly Sanford3.PMFree Drop Billy , second in the Sanford StakesThe Sanford Stakes was only Free Drop Billy's second race.

He broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on June 15, winning by three lengths.

In the Sanford, Free Drop Billy was in post position four, and he brushed with Admiral Jimmy in the five slot at the start, then raced in seventh down the backstretch, was our wide going into the stretch and closed with determination to take second, beaten a length.

Free Drop Billy is owned by the Albaugh Family Stable, is trained by Dale Romans and was ridden by Robby Albarado,

Run and Go, by Union Rags out of Run Kate Run, by Cherokee Run, won an $85,000 Allowance race at Saratoga on Aug. 21 to stay unbeaten after a seven month layoff.

Owned by Repole Stable, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellan, Run and Go took advantage of an easy lead and ran away in the stretch to win the 3 1/4 lengths.

She won her maiden race at Gulfstream on Jan. 4.

Painter's Rags, owned by Phyllis Wyeth's Chadds Ford Stable, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Jose Ortiz, finished second to Caviar Czar in an $85,000 Allowance race at 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga on Aug. 1.

8y Union Rags out of Internal Affair, by Orientate, Painter's Rags was bought by Wyeth for $175,000 at the Keeneland November Sale and was named for the rags Wyeth's husband Jamie uses when he paints.

He won a maiden race at Laurel on Dec. 26, 2017 and then was third in an allowance race at Gulfstream on Feb. 3 but then didn't race again until July in Saratoga before his second place finish in August,


TATTERS TO RICHES, bought for $1 million at Ocala Breeding Sales April sale, won first time out in a six furlong, $78,345 Maiden Special Weight for 2-year-olds on Aug. 22 at Del Mar.

Tatters to Riches had posted a number of sharp works prior to his first race and went off as the odds on favorite at 3-5.

Breaking in mid-pack, he went straight to the front, dueled with Jungle Warfare and, with just a couple of light taps with the whip drew away under steady handling to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Behhind Jungle Warfare, there was a 9 3/4 gap to the third placed Warrior's Lullaby.

Tatters to Riches, outof Poco Mas, by A.P. Indy, is owned by Red Baron''s Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC, is trained by Jeff Mullins and was ridden by Tyler Baze.








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