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Rags to Riches – 2007 Belmont Stakes



It was a battle of the sexes, as the filly Rags to Riches gamely took on eventual Horse of the Year Curlin in the stretch and fought to the wire, emerging with a head victory and becoming the first of her sex to win the Belmont in 102 years. Both Rags to Riches and her half-brother Jazil had the same mother — Better Than Honour.

Final time: 2:28.74
Owner: Michael Tabor
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

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  1. I just read the Haskens piece he wrote after this race.
    In the stretch, Curlin's rider was whipping him on his left side, which made Curlin bump Rags repeatedly–and it only made her madder.
    She wasn't a sweetie like Zenyatta; she'd tear your head off if you crossed her.

  2. To this day Asmussen cannot believe that for the length of the Belmont stretch Curlin could not get by a filly!!!  She was AMAZING for 5 weeks..DUSTING the good hoss Octave in the KY Oaks in a common gallop,(as ridiculously easy as Babaro's Derby win. Never set down!!) then in the 5 weeks outworkin Pletcher's derby crew. Winning The Belmont!!And never that flash of greatness again.

  3. It's because Tom's call during the race was like something is brewing after Smarty Jones quick fractions during the race where they ran the fastest half of the race in Belmont history. So as Birstone started to rolled he was getting a little nervous then you hear "Birdstone wins The Belmont Stakes"

  4. Curlin is a bigger horse with more experience. Rags to Riches may have just come off a 5 week break but that does not mean as much as you think. Rags to Riches came wider around the turn and stayed with him to the wire matching every stride. If Curlin were really that tired he would not have been run and if anything he was probably in the shape of his life. I would argue that there was not a time when he was more prepared.

  5. Can barely breathe watching this. THE CRUEL, so punishing length of the Belmont … Do we all realize how terribly dangerous to an animal these pounding, heart-busting races are, to these delicate legs? – So darned awful to me … tho' they do LOVE to run, that's the "unholy amazement of it" – to quote "Phila. Story" – K. Hepburn/Grace Kelly — But "Rags to Riches" … Ahhh — 1 of the Greatest of ALL time. What guts.
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  6. Yeah! That's the Secretariat large heart she got from AP INDY – who got it thru his Dam Weekend Surprise. You want a Secretariat – filly – to colt – to filly to get his heart. It's on the X chromosome. That's why Big Red was a top brood mare sire.

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