Another Belmont Stakes Post

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[Update: The filly won! Whoopee!]

One filly, Rags to Riches, will be running in the Belmont Stakes today. A filly hasn’t won the race in over a century. Rags to Riches is a daughter of A.P. Indy, who won the Belmont Stakes in 1992. A.P. Indy was sired by Seattle Slew. His dam was Morning Surprise, a daughter of Secretariat.

Rags to Riches is one of the favorites, after Curlin and Hard Spun. Hard Spun is a descendant of Man o’ War and War Admiral, through his grandma Pas de Nom. He is also a grandson of Northern Dancer (winner of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness) and a great-grandson of Alydar, famous for running second to Affirmed in all three races of the 1978 Triple Crown. Curlin is a great-great grandson of Northern Dancer, as is Rags to Riches on her ma’s side.

Update: Rags to Riches’s ancestry also goes back to Man o’ War, through her great-grandpa Buckpasser.

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  1. k  •  Jun 9, 2007 @5:28 pm

    the native dancer line cannot be beat, northern was the most prolific of his. i like hard spun- he may be passed but he obviously does not like to be passed and will try to sprint twice

  2. Bonnie  •  Jun 9, 2007 @6:38 pm

    What an exciting race!

  3. Chief  •  Jun 9, 2007 @10:15 pm

    What a finish. Coming off the last turn to the finish line was as good as it gets.

    I relly appreciated your previous post about the ’73 Belmont.

  4. c u n d gulag  •  Jun 10, 2007 @6:19 am

    “One filly, Rags to Riches, will be running in the Belmont Stakes today. A filly hasn’t won the race in over a century. Rags to Riches is a daughter of A.P. Indy, who won the Belmont Stakes in 1992. A.P. Indy was sired by Seattle Slew. His dam was Morning Surprise, a daughter of Secretariat.”

    WOW!!! She won! SHE WON!!!
    Secertatiat won again!!!



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