Thursday, 28 June 2012
: Trainer Michael Matz remains undecided if he give Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags his next start at Saratoga or Monmouth Park.
Following his Belmont win on June 9 Matz indicated that he would point the son of Dixie Union towards the G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 28, but has now suggested the G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park a day later is more likely.
"I will have to make a decision," Matz said.
"I would imagine, though, that if you are trying to be the three-year-old champion, you have to run in the Grade 1 races and that would be the Haskell."
Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister is also pointing to the 1 1/8-mile Haskell along with G1 winner and Kentucky Derby third Dullahan.
Union Rags established himself as a top two-year-old with convincing wins in the G1 Champagne and G2 Saratoga Special, but a head second to Hansen in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile cost him juvenile champion honours last season.
The colt opened 2012 with a four length romp in the G2 Fountain of Youth, but experienced troubled trips when third in the G1 Florida Derby and seventh in the Kentucky Derby.
Union Rags recorded his first official workout since capturing the Belmont Stakes when breezing four furlongs on Tuesday at Fair Hill.