It is now time. After nearly four months away from the races and six weeks away from the racetrack, Union Rags is back Sunday at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. The colt, now three years old and a giant at nearly 17 hands, will race in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes against what is the most difficult field of three-year-olds assembled in 2012.
They call these prep races for a reason. It is not about the last Sunday in February. It is about the first Saturday in May. So, the "what" (the result) might not be as significant as the "how," as in how Union Rags runs.