The T-shirts could be seen around Belmont Park on Saturday—carnations are for girls.
Rags to Riches must have seen those shirts, carrying the banner for girl power all the way to the winner’s circle and into Belmont Stakes (G1) lore on Saturday, wearing the blanket of carnations as the first filly in 102 years to win the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Owned by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Rags to Riches edged 1.10-to-1 favorite Curlin by a head, covering 1 1/2 miles over the fast track in 2:28.74. She is the first filly to win the Belmont since Tanya captured the 1905 running, electrifying the 46,870 on hand at Belmont Park on Saturday.
“It’s a special feeling no matter when you do it,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “But when you do it with a filly for the first time in 102 years, it’s really special, a real credit to how good she is.”