Rags to Riches (2nd from right), ridden by Garrett Gomez, races toward her first-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks on May 4, 2007.
The day before the 2007 Belmont Stakes, Rags to Riches gallops under exercise rider Lauren Robson, then grazes.
Rags to Riches stumbles, falling almost to her knees, at the start of the Belmont Stakes on June 9th. Her competitors in the mile and a half race were all males, including Hard Spun, right. It had been 105 years since a filly had won the Belmont Stakes.
Rags to Riches, left, battles Preakness winner Curlin to win the Belmont Stakes by a head.
Rags to Riches gave her trainer, Todd Pletcher, and jockey John Velazquez their first wins in a Triple Crown race. Velazquez got the mount on Rags this day because her regular rider, Garrett Gomez, was unavailable.
Rags to Riches returns to her stall in Pletcher’s Belmont Park barn after her big win.
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