Across the Atlantic, Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has been retired by owner Phyllis Wyeth. One of the most popular racehorses in the world, the three-year-old son of Dixie Union was slated to be out of action for the rest of the year after trainers found a small lesion in his left front leg. The injury was discovered earlier this month as Union Rags was preparing for the Haskell Invitational on July 29. Mr. Wyeth is now searching for a stud deal, according to bloodhorse.com.
“I spoke to Phyllis about two hours ago,” said Russell Jones, a spokesperson for Wyeth. “She discussed it with Jamie (her husband) and it was all about the risk factor. This was a time to make the tough decision. The horse is very much in the limelight as far as breeders go at this moment, and they felt like it would be a challenge and a risk to be back in this position next year.”
Bred in Kentucky, Union Rags has had an impressive resume. He won the Three Chimneys Saratoga Special and Champagne Stakes in 2011 and finished second to Hansen in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. In 2012, he claimed the Fountain of Youth Stakes in addition to the Belmont Stakes.
In other news, Justonefortheroad has been assigned 40-1 betting odds by racing tipsters for the Betfair Summer Double International Stakes at Ascot. Richard Fahey’s runner won comfortably at Musselburgh and claimed a victory at Thirsk.