@Hockey Buff, on what do you base your belief that crosses of RAN and ND are somehow less sound? I've seen this asserted before, but I have never seen a good data-driven, statistical analysis that backs this up. I would love to see one if you have a reference.
If racing were about the horses instead of the profits, no thoroughbred would race at 2. In an ideal world, none would race at 3. Michael Matz is a horseman who babies his charges, and even he couldn't keep Union Rags completely sound. I've read posts on other boards criticizing John Sherriffs' handling of Eblouissante. I take my hat off to him for giving her as much time as he continues to do. If she were a colt with a different owner, I suspect the pressure to build stud value before a quick retirement would have lots of other trainers putting her well-being on the back burner.Baby Z is one lucky foal.
Sorry, Louise, I was referring to Hockey Buff, not to you. S/he seems to be incensed by my earlier post. I'm not sure why.