An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Since I was in my car all day, and didn’t hear diddly about the race, I was surprised to find out the horse I would have bet on, if I bet on horses, won!
The fabulous filly outdueled Preakness winner Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run and won the Belmont Stakes by a head Saturday, becoming the first of her sex in more than a century to take the final leg of the Triple Crown.
“My hat is off to Rags to Riches,” said Curlin’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, who never gave up hope his chestnut colt would prevail in the dramatic final strides.
No one was happier with the victory than trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez, who both ended long droughts in Triple Crown races: Pletcher was 0-for-28, Velazquez 0-for-20.
“It’s a special feeling now matter when you do it, but when you do it with a filly for the first time in 102 years it’s really special,” Pletcher said.
Despite a slight stumble at the start, Rags to Riches turned the Belmont into a sensational showdown â€” a true battle of the sexes.
And you KNOW, given half a chance, the ladies will always whup the men! Ok, maybe not always.