Breeders' Cup 2011 Contenders: Union Rags Will Not Have Competition in Juvenile

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Breeders' Cup 2011 Contenders: Union Rags Will Not Have Competition in Juvenile
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In the final race before the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, 13 horses will compete to be the horse to watch next year. Last year, Uncle Mo won this race, and Street Sense, who won in 2006, went on to win the Kentucky Derby the following year.

This year, the frontrunner is quite clear. Union Rags, the two-year old trained by Michael Matz, the same one who trained Barbaro, has consistently had the lowest odds and has become the obvious favorite in this race.

In fact, Matz went so far as to say about Union Rags, "He's just been a dream to train. He's got everything you'd want in a racehorse."

A horse with that kind of confidence is naturally going to be the favorite. He has the 10th post, so he will be somewhat on the outside looking in. He is not so far outside that he will be at a disadvantage, though.

The fact remains that in three career races, Union Rags is undefeated. He does not appear to have any major weaknesses in his game that could cost him the match here, either.

Does he have too much hype in the horse racing world? It's a possibility. After all, he is being compared to Barbaro, who looked amazing in the races that fans were able to see him run in. If Union Rags is in fact like him, then it will be a sight to see.

Creative Cause, Hansen, and Daddy Long Legs are among the other contenders, but they have much higher odds than Union Rags does, and none of the horses have a vast amount of experience, since all their careers are just beginning.

I see Union Rags not only easily winning, but paving the way as a favorite to finally win a Triple Crown next year.

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