N.J. -- Michael Matz, the trainer
of Union Rags, confirmed that the road to the 3-year-old championship goes through
the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational, to be renewed this year for the 45th
was at Monmouth Park
on Saturday to saddle Somali Lemonade in the Grade 3 $100,000 Boiling Springs
Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, said that at this stage he has two options for
Belmont Stakes-winning Union Rags, the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Sat., July 28 or the Haskell here
on Sun., July 29.
have to make a decision,” said Matz. “I would imagine, though, that if you are
trying to be the 3-year-old champion, you have to run in the grade one races
and that would be the Haskell.”
a son of 2000 Haskell winner Dixie Union, has won five of eight career
starts. His only off the board finish
came in the Kentucky Derby, where he checked in seventh after a troubled
trip. He has banked nearly $1.8 million
for owner Chadds Ford Stable.
committed to a start in the mile and an eighth Haskell are the ultra-speedy
Bodemeister, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and Dullahan,
winner of the Blue Grass Stakes and third in the Kentucky Derby.
reserved seats remain for the Haskell, ranging in price from $10 to $17. Fans can purchase tickets at the track on any
live race day, or by calling 732-571-5563 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.