Hoffa’s Union (Union Rags), an impressive maiden winner at Laurel who was subsequently privately purchased and transferred to trainer Mark Casse, is being pointed toward the Mar. 30 GI Xpressbet.com Florida Derby, Casse said Thursday.
Originally picked up for $11,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, the gelding debuted at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 28 and blew away his competition to the tune of a 15 1/2-length romp, earning a 94 Beyer. Owned by Non Stop Racing Stable, Rose Petal Stable and Foard J. Wilgis and trained by Gary Capuano at the time, he was bought by a group headed by Gary Barber and Adam Wachtel, with Capuano keeping an ownership interest. He has been at Casse’s training center in Ocala since the purchase.
“So far I haven’t done a whole lot with him, just galloping,” Casse said. “He didn’t run that long ago. We’ve got him here with us and he’s a beautiful, beautiful horse. We’re looking right now at the Florida Derby. We kind of like the timing of it. Obviously, it’s going to be a huge step, but as long as he’s doing well, we’re going to take a shot.”