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  • Union Rags done for the year

    As per the Bloodhorse, tendon injury. Still considering retirement/next year.
    I see distances. Most times more than one. Sometimes I pick the right one, sometimes I pick the wrong one, and sometimes I close my eyes and let Jesus take the wheel.

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    Read this yesterday, too. SO bummed. Really was hoping to see him at Saratoga. Love the horse and his team.
    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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    • #3
      That' s a damn shame.

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      • #4
        It is actually a high suspensory which is worse in my experience.
        McDowell Racing Stables

        Home Away From Home

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        • #5
          What! No out rage! No belittling of owner/trainer for thinking of doing what's best for the horse!
          Must be because the horse isn't IHA & the trainer isn't O'Neill
          Funny how the same **** happens on an almost daily basis yet the powers that be seem to hand pick one team to tear apart each season.....

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          • #6
            mommy peanut...this is why they say "it' s lonely at the top"...

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            • #7
              http://www.drf.com/news/union-rags-hurt-done-year

              Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has sustained a minor tendon injury in his left front leg and will miss the remainder of the 2012 racing season, according to Russell Jones, a close longtime advisor to the colt's owner and breeder, Phyllis Wyeth.
              Sorry to hear that as he was a very promising, good horse. The expectations were a bit too high with his TC run. A bit of karma with MM as I recall his comments, upon hearing of IHA injury/retirement, suggested that Doug worked his horses too hard [and that's what you get].

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              • #8
                I guess the long time adviser doesn't know the difference between a tendon and a ligament which is why it is being reported wrong.
                McDowell Racing Stables

                Home Away From Home

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                • #9
                  nothing against Matz

                  While I genuinely like MM, I am dumbfounded by the non media attention he gets, he had a horse break down on national TV DURING a Tripe Crown race, he had another diagnosed with suspensory after another major triple crown race, and yet no red flags! Just goes to show you how the stupid media and that rag of a newspaper the NY TIMES have influenced people feeble brains! Again, nothing against MM, just shows you how the media plays on certain people and isolate certain incidents.
                  Forward is good

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by summerly View Post
                    While I genuinely like MM, I am dumbfounded by the non media attention he gets, he had a horse break down on national TV DURING a Tripe Crown race, he had another diagnosed with suspensory after another major triple crown race, and yet no red flags! Just goes to show you how the stupid media and that rag of a newspaper the NY TIMES have influenced people feeble brains! Again, nothing against MM, just shows you how the media plays on certain people and isolate certain incidents.
                    Perhaps because is hasn't had
                    5700 drug violations (or however many it is). I think MM has had 1 or 2, IIRC.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by summerly View Post
                      While I genuinely like MM, I am dumbfounded by the non media attention he gets, he had a horse break down on national TV DURING a Tripe Crown race, he had another diagnosed with suspensory after another major triple crown race, and yet no red flags! Just goes to show you how the stupid media and that rag of a newspaper the NY TIMES have influenced people feeble brains! Again, nothing against MM, just shows you how the media plays on certain people and isolate certain incidents.
                      Yeah but, he rode Jet Run back in the 70's, so it's totally cool.
                      At least, that's the way I understand it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
                        Yeah but, he rode Jet Run back in the 70's, so it's totally cool.
                        At least, that's the way I understand it.
                        ... well and saved three kids in the Iowa plane crash which does seems to erase the breakdown of Chelokee, et al from his record.

                        To many he walks on water, trains to perfection - not too little or too much, strictly is 'hay, oats & water' only, hasn't given a horse anything foreign in his life, and just because his wife is heir to the King Ranch fortune he's still just an awe-shucks trainer who has just happened to land some big clients. I'm not trying to be snarky here as I think he's good, generally very clean trainer, who is perfectly fine for the sport. It does get tiresome when he's made out to being this poster child for perfection when it doesn't exist.

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                        • #13
                          Must be because the horse isn't IHA & the trainer isn't O'Neill
                          Um, yes.

                          Drvm, you have previously brought up that MM rode Jet Run in the 70s which is indeed a fact but that was the first of many greats he had over a lengthy and sucessful showjumping career that spanned the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Not like the man was a one-hit wonder or something.

                          He and the Vintage team at that time had great reputations for their management and care - not to mention showring success - which is no small thing when you are at the top international levels for so long.

                          And let's face it, this is the COTH board, not DRF or TVG Forums or TT or the Paulick Report. Devoted handicappers and racing industry folk aren't the majority of the audience; I'd venture that most of people on here know MM solely for his years in the showjumping arena, representing the US as one of the greats on multiple Olympic squads and other national and international competitions.

                          Bottom line is it's pretty natural that COTH sporthorse-type folks would follow and applaud MM's career as a TB trainer from afar, not be privvy to racing industry insider information, and why exactly is that an issue anyway?

                          And for the record, GG, your comment about D.D. Matz WAS snarky. She's an accomplished horsewoman in her own right from a family that's had a long history of supporting equestrian sports in the U.S., not Paris Hilton for heaven's sakes.

                          Am sorry to see UR is injured, I was a fan and looking forward to seeing him at Saratoga, too. Guess that makes me some sort of drooling MM Sainthood Supporting know-nothing or something.
                          Last edited by Flashy Gray VA; Jul. 11, 2012, 03:39 PM.

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                          • #14
                            I'm well aware of all the great horses he rode from JR up to The General, I was quite the fan of his riding in the Showjumping arena back in the day, from the first time I saw him ride in the RDS back in like 79' or 80'.

                            However, it is really really tiresome for people to hold him up on some pedestal as a race horse trainer, almost exclusively based on his SJing history. To listen to the way people carry on, you'd think he was Charlie Whittingham/Vincent O'Brien/Horatio Luro all rolled into one. There have been people that have even wandered onto this very board and proclaimed how wonderful it is that Michael Matz introduced the figure of eight noseband and the D ring snaffle to horse racing.... because obviously no one ever used those in racing until he came along! Like, WTF people?

                            The guy is a good horse trainer, no argument there. But there are lots of good race horse trainers out there.

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                            • #15
                              However, it is really really tiresome for people to hold him up on some pedestal as a race horse trainer, almost exclusively based on his SJing history. To listen to the way people carry on, you'd think he was Charlie Whittingham/Vincent O'Brien/Horatio Luro all rolled into one.
                              Fair enough and point taken.

                              Personally, the MM pedastal-placing here doesn't bug me too much, as I can wander over to other racing BBs where the punters are ripping the sh*t out of every trainer at any given minute on any given day.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Flashy Gray VA View Post
                                And for the record, GG, your comment about D.D. Matz WAS snarky. She's an accomplished horsewoman in her own right from a family that's had a long history of supporting equestrian sports in the U.S., not Paris Hilton for heaven's sakes.
                                The point was more that she has been a factor in his client base. Look at equally accomplished - if not more - in the saddle, rider now race trainer Rodney Jenkins. If folks wants to translate MM's skill as a showjumper as being a horseman the same would apply to Rodney.

                                He's carved out a career training on the Maryland racing circuit (and ranked top 20 in MD since 2000) but with nary a deep, well connected client bringing into his barn a 2-yr old like MM has been given. A few stakes winners each year but a shadow of what is being found up in Unionville .

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
                                  .... proclaimed how wonderful it is that Michael Matz introduced the figure of eight noseband and the D ring snaffle to horse racing.... because obviously no one ever used those in racing until he came along! Like, WTF people?
                                  I thought he introduced the white-coloured bridle ...

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                                    I thought he introduced the white-coloured bridle ...
                                    No, wasn't that Larry Jones?
                                    Cindy

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                                    • #19
                                      TVG: interview with MM on July 11, 2012 regarding UR

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                                      • #20
                                        hay, oats & water?

                                        I would have to say I think I have seen a few "warnings" but no fines, or something to that matter, so I might just say he might be a little more careful about his withdrawl times? I could be wrong, but don't think so...
                                        Forward is good

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