Matz, Union Rags looking for clean trip in Belmont



NEW YORK (AP) — In the moments before the Kentucky Derby, trainer Michael Matz thought it would be his horse attempting to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Instead, after a troubled trip left Union Rags seventh on the first Saturday in May, Matz’s colt will try to play spoiler when Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another takes a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years.

Union Rags, along with Derby third-place finisher Dullahan, are given the best chances of knocking off 4-5 morning-line favorite I’ll Have Another.

All Matz is looking for is a clean trip for his imposing bay colt. After winning the Fountain of Youth, the colt got tangled in traffic in the Florida Derby and finished third, then got bumped by Dullahan and was trapped on the inside in the Kentucky Derby.