A filly has won the Belmont Stakes today with quite a finish. First filly to have won since 1905, and back then the track was shorter:
Rags to Riches can beat the boys, too.
The fabulous filly outdueled Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, becoming the first of her sex to take the final leg of the Triple Crown in more than a century.
[...]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.
And what a sensational Belmont it was, even without Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.
When the field of seven 3-year-olds made the turn for home in the 1½-mile race, fours horses fought for the lead, with Rags to Riches, the Kentucky Oaks winner, on the outside and Preakness winner Curlin moving between rivals.
And then it became a two-horse race — a true battle of the sexes. In a furious stretch battle, with Velazquez urging his filly on, Rags to Riches won by a head — the same margin Curlin edged Street Sense by in the Preakness three weeks ago.
Can’t say I’m a huge horse racing fan, but it’s a pretty cool story along with a great race. Check it out: (Rags to Riches begins the race on the outside, number seven, jockey with a blue shirt)