On Saturday, the young filly Rags to Riches was crowned winner of the Belmont Stakes in front of a crowd of 46,870, becoming the first filly in 102 years to win the race. The horse to beat was Curlin, who had won this yearâ€™s Preakness, but Rags to Riches won by a head. The win was especially exciting to trainer Todd Pletcher who broke a losing streak of 0-28 and jockey John Velazquez who was 0-20.
Curlinâ€™s trainer, Steve Asmussen was a gracious loser, especially since for the third year in a row, no horse was up for the Triple Crown title. Curlin had beat rival Street Sense by a head in his winning race three weeks ago. However, this race was all about Rags who won 2:28.74, four seconds behind Secretariat, who holds the track record, but it was still enough to get the job done. Rags to Riches was a 4-1 second choice and returned $10.60, $4.40, and $3.20, earning $600,000 and raising her total worth to $1,292,528 for her owners, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Curlin and rider Robby Albarado paid $3.00 and $2.30. The third place winner, Tiago, returned $3.70.
The Belmont Stakes is the longest race of the Triple Crown races at 1 Â½ miles. At the start, Rags to Riches stumbled out of Gate 7, which could have cost her the win, but she persevered. Having been purchased last September at a yearling sale in Keeneland, for $1.9 million, she still has a long, promising career ahead of her.
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