Rags to Riches Pulled Up During Drill

Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches was pulled up Sunday morning shortly after beginning a five-furlong workout at Belmont Park. According to Daily Racing Form, the 3-year-old filly did not display any immediate signs of injury.

Exercise rider Lauren Robson thought something felt wrong after galloping Rags to Riches into the work and breaking off slowly at the five-furlong pole. According to DRF, Robson pulled Rags to Riches up after going a sixteenth of a mile.

"Lauren said she started off the breeze and something didn't feel right so she pulled her up," trainer Todd Pletcher told the publication. "I don't know if she stepped on something ... But when we got over there she was fine, we got her back [to the barn] she's fine. We jogged her up and down the shed row and she was fine, but we'll give it a day or two to make sure everything's OK."

Pletcher said he would have the filly examined by Dr. Steve Allday Monday at Belmont Park, at which time the trainer will decide whether Rags to Riches will ship to Saratoga on Tuesday or remain at Belmont. "Classify it as a head-scratcher, I guess," Pletcher said. "I just don't know."

The first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes, Rags to Riches is being pointed toward the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 18. She spiked a fever last week and was scratched from a scheduled start in the Coaching Club American Oaks July 21.

(Originally published at www.bloodhorse.com.)  

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Claire Novak

Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at BloodHorse.com in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on ESPN.com, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

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