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Horse racing roundup

Horse racing roundup

California Chrome heads to Belmont Park bearing hopes of a Triple Crown. Lots of world-class racing action around the globe.
Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer

Thoroughbred racing weekend advance

Three graded stakes on the turf and still more juvenile tests highlight U.S. racing this weekend while overseas action centers in Asia.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Top turf racing abounds this weekend

A big wave of important turf races crests over the racing world this weekend, from Europe through the East Coast to Chicago and on west.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Triple Crown runners eyeing new goals

The Triple Crown contenders already are starting to resurface as the second phase of the racing year kicks into high gear.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
Union Rags wins Belmont Stakes

Union Rags wins Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- Union Rags squeezed through a narrow opening on the rail to get home first in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
Kentucky Derby tops heavy weekend schedule

Kentucky Derby tops heavy weekend schedule

The 138th Kentucky Derby headlines the weekend's racing activity but shares the stage worldwide with lots more great racing.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

An early look at the Kentucky Derby field

With all the prep races now in the books, it's time for a look at the main contenders for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
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Michael Matz
Edgar S. Prado holds up the winner's trophy after riding Barbaro to victory at the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY May 6, 2006. At right is trainer Michael Matz. (UPI Photo/Mark Cowan)
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Michael Ray Matz (born January 23, 1951 in Collegeville, Pennsylvania) is an American Olympic equestrian rider and horse trainer. He is perhaps most well known for having trained the ill-fated Barbaro to win the 132nd Kentucky Derby in 2006. The previously undefeated colt suffered a career and life ending injury after the start of the Preakness Stakes. He lives in Wellington, Florida.

Matz had a highly successful equestrian career as a show jumping rider. He was a six-time U.S. national champion, and won at least one major show jumping event in 20 consecutive years. Matz won team gold at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen riding Chef, to go with his individual and team bronze medals he won at the 1978 World Equestrian Championships while riding Jet Run. He also so won the 1981 Show Jumping World Cup on Jet Run. Matz has won a total of four gold medals and four bronze medals at the Pan American Games, and made Olympic teams in 1976, 1992, and 1996. In 1996, he won a team silver medal on Rhum IV, in the show jumping equestrian event, along with Peter Leone, Leslie Burr-Howard, and Anne Kursinski. Matz was also chosen to carry the United States flag into Centennial Olympic Stadium at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Games. He retired from show jumping as the leading money-winning rider in the sport's American history, with over $1.7 million.

He began to train thoroughbreds in 1998, making training his full-time profession once he failed to make the 2000 Olympic team. He trains at the Fair Hill Training Center, in Maryland. In addition to Barbaro, he trained the 2005 Arlington Million winner Kicken Kris, and shortly after Barbaro's injury, he returned to the scene of his greatest victory to score another major Churchill Downs win at the 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff with Round Pond.

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