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    Ex-Ownaracehorse trainer Joss Saville saddles Kentucky Derby hopeful Union Rags on Saturday evening    
         
    DATE POSTED: 03/05/2012    
         
    Joss Saville was our primary trainer at Ownaracehorse for a number of years, but now the ex-Middleham handler is set to saddle the favourite in the 2012 Kentucky Derby...

Joss Saville trained over 30 horses for Ownaracehorse during a five-year spell from 2005 to 2010, and we enjoyed considerable success with the young trainer.

However, in 2010 Joss decided to make the move over to America and see what the US racing industry could offer him.  With the UK in recession and prizemoney on the wane, Joss and his partner Jo (and dog Scruff!) set off for a new life. 
 
What a great decision that turned out to be!

This Saturday at around 11-54pm UK time (6-24pm local) Joss will lead out a horse called Union Rags to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

As Assistant trainer to Michael Matz, Joss not only broke this horse in, but was personally responsible for bringing this expensive colt through it's 2YO career and is now in charge of it's attempt to win the first leg of the Triple Crown and one of the most iconic and well known races in the world.
 
Union Rags

Joss took the same horse to the Breeders Cup last year where it finished a short-head second in the Juvenile race, having travelled nine lengths further than the winner due to traffic problems!

The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on Racing UK and if you don't have a subscription you can listen to the race live on internet radio at Horse Racing Radio Network (see link below).  The race is worth over $800,000 to the winner and 20 horses will run.

The best of luck to Joss and Jo - and whilst the trainers name may record 'Michael Matz' if Union Rags manages to win, it will be a significant achievement for Joss.  Whatever the result, his career in the US certainly seems to have got off to an explosive start. 

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