Union Rags returns to work tab, Matz confident// Filly beats boys today and another will try Monday// Lecomte probables// more…

After a nice break, Michael Matz is slowly starting to train Union Rags back into form.  Considered the top Kentucky Derby contender by many, Union Rags went an easy short 3 furlongs. In a candid interview with Bloodhorse, Matz compared the colt to legendary Barbaro and even said Union Rags has a better temperament// Take Charge Indy, a horse with more buzz than accomplishment at this point, also posted a 5 furlong breeze// Another story on the filly On Fire Baby pointing for Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn.  Gary Hartlage says she’s the best horse he’s ever trained// Another filly, Essence of Bubbles, already beat boys today at Gulfstream in an optional claimer// Despite losing Derby hope O’Prado Again to injury (he’ll be back for the summer), Dale Romans comments on other contenders from his barn// The Lecomte (G3) at the Fair Grounds January 21 is next 3-year-old graded stakes on the calendar.  Brisnet offers an early read on probables.  Those and entries for Saturday’s Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the California Derby at Golden Gate below…

Union Rags workout articles: DRF Bloodhorse TTimes

Lecomte Stakes (G3)
Probables: Shared Property, Seven Lively Sins, Mr. Bowling, Ted’s Folly, Capetown Devil, El Padrino, Laurie’s Rocket, Hammers Terror, Tetradrachm, Z Dager, Gowhereyougaze and possibly Exfactor

Pasco S.- Tampa Bay Downs- entries
California Derby- Golden Gate Fields- entries

Union Rags PMM- 3F- 38:35- B- 5/6
Take Charge Indy PMM- 5F- 1.03:09- B- 3/8
Empire Way HOL- 5F- 1.02:20- H- 19/25
Night Tide SA- 5F- 1.01:80- H- 21/27

Notes and bits from web and Twitter:
Never had so little separating the top 12 in Derby Dozen. What a deep bunch. Now have to hope no one new excels in next couple of week-  Steve Haskin- Steve Haskin via Twitter

Out of Bounds looking and feeling great today at Hollywood Park. Next stop San Felipe @santaanitapark March 10th!!-  Kent Sweezey via Twitter