Saturday, June 09, 2007
Rags to Riches, You Go Girl!
For the first time since 1905 a filly won the Belmont Stakes in New York.
What a performance!
Rags to Riches is now the most valuable female horse in the world. It may encourage more trainers may look at training and running fillies against colts.
Rags to Riches, despite a slight stumble at the start, became the third filly to capture the Belmont - Ruthless took the first running in 1867 and Tanya won in 1905. Only 22 fillies have tried the Belmont, with Rags to Riches the first since Silverbulletday finished seventh in 1999.
For some reason I have an uncanny ability to pick triple crown winners and did again this year picking Street Sense to win the Kentucky Derby. I missed in the second leg, the Preakness, but had to go for the only lady contending against the strong three year old colts in the Belmont.
Rags to Riches beat the favorite Curlin, winner of the Preakness, in a hard fought exciting down to the wire battle of the sexes. Monica and I were screaming "come on girl" along with the women of the world. It was fun. It was thrilling and it was history.