Rags to Riches Sound, Training at Saratoga

Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches shipped from Belmont Park to Saratoga Race Course July 31 and has galloped over the upstate New York racing surface the past two mornings. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the 3-year-old filly would continue to gallop this week.

"I don't know when I'm going to breeze her," he said Aug. 2. "But she has galloping beautifully over the track so far."

Rags to Riches has not raced since her Belmont victory, in which she became the first filly to win the classic in 102 years. She missed two scheduled workouts, one because of a slight fever July 16, the other July 22 after she was pulled up at the start of a five-furlong breeze.

She was shipped to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center for precautionary X rays, but returned to training this week after a brief layoff.

Pletcher said the daughter of A.P. Indy should still be considered a possible starter for the Aug. 18 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga.

(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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