Union Rags x Windyindy (A.P. Indy) KY T Pletcher / T Gaffalione 1-2-0 (3) $230,020
The one-eyed wonder is the talk of social media. He’s the most lightly raced colt of the bunch with just 3 starts and will be fighting Apollo’s curse since he didn’t debut until mid January. Patch has impressed in each of his 3 races – breaking his maiden with a big speed figure at Gulfstream, then finishing a good second in the G2 Louisiana Derby. A lot of Derby history is up against Patch, but he’ll be a definite fan-favorite on Derby day.
He hasn’t run on a wet track, and it’s hard to say if freshman-sire Union Rags will be a good mud sire.
Pedigree Note: He’s a half-brother to G2 winner Tiz Windy.
Win or lose in the Kentucky Derby, Patch’s day could still come in the 2017 Triple Crown series. Here trainer Todd Pletcher mentions how his breeding would suit the Belmont Stakes distance even better. Farsighted? Patch is by Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags, and his dam’s sire is no less than A.P. Indy himself, a Belmont winner whose progeny also loved the distance. The Derby will be only Patch’s fourth race, but even with a promising effort it could prove the perfect prep for the Test of Champions.
Here are replays of his maiden win and the Louisiana Derby where he finished 2nd, but galloped out ahead of the winner. He was 2nd in his first race.
Maiden win (1 mile) Gulfstream Park, February 18 (#3 blue saddle cloth)
Copper Bullet looked good winning the G2 Saratoga Special
It’s always good to keep an eye on the Special winner going forward; some of the recent winners have made a lot of noise in the bug 3yo stakes the year after their Special win. Exaggerator and Union Rags in particular went on to be spring classic winners.