With a wide-open field at the 2012 Belmont odds & predictions, Union Rags is quickly becoming one of the betting favorites. Listed as a +225 money-line trailing only Dullahan [+200], this could be the biggest day in the life of Phyllis M. Wyeth. But this isn’t the first time that Union Rags has come into a race of this magnitude as one of the favorites.
Going into the 2012 Kentucky Derby, before all the rivalry between Bodemeister vs I’ll Have Another began, there was Derby favorite, Union Rags. Under the direct supervision of trainer Michael Matz, the son of Dixie Union was on a hot streak heading into the Derby.
With four, first-place finishes that included victories at Saratoga Special, Champagne and Fountain of Youth, Union Rags was also the runner up at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile behind Hansen. See the latest Belmont Stakes odds and where each horse fits in the grand scheme of things?
After skipping the Preakness following a disappointing showing at Churchill Downs, Union Rags hopes that skipping “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” yields a win at the Belmont. That’s a sequence is one that has yielded many Belmont victories after deciding to take the middle race off.
“I don't think he had a chance to run in his last two races. We'll find out Saturday,” Matz said. “I don't know if a mile-and-a-half race is the best race to start but it's the last Triple Crown race and I think he deserves a chance.”
Could Union Rags return to his winning ways after a seventh place finish at the Derby? I certainly think so, as Union Rags has been my pick to win the 2012 Belmont Stakes even before I’ll Have Another was forced to retire. This should be a great race in which pace will determine the winner. I like Union Rags as a very profitable +225 money-line!
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