Hanging At Home with Rags to Riches

One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks. Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches, owned by Michael Tabor, an associate of Coolmore Stud principal John Magnier, and trained by Todd Pletcher, was retired from racing March 24, and has been bred to Ashford stallion Giant's Causeway. She has been determined to be in-foal.

Retired champion racehorse Rags to Riches grazing at Ashford Stud

Rags to Riches grazing at Ashford Stud.

The beautiful, chestnut filly with the large white blaze has maintained her feisty attitude even in retirement. "She's mellowed out a lot, but things are much easier if we just do things her way" was the resounding comment when asked if the daughter of A.P. Indy had settled down since arriving at the farm.

Rags to Riches' day isn't unlike that of any other mare on a farm. After having breakfast, she is turned out alone in a large paddock from around 7 a.m. to mid-afternoon, and then she is brought back inside the barn, where she is again fed. Rags to Riches will receive a paddock buddy in the near future as she is eased into farm life.

In 2007, in addition to winning the Kentucky Oaks, Rags to Riches made history when she became only the third filly to win the Belmont Stakes, and the first to do so in 102 years. Rags to Riches out-dueled eventual 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run to capture the third leg of the Triple Crown. She had five wins from six starts in 2007 and amassed career earnings of $1,340,028. She was honored with the Eclipse Award for outstanding 3-year-old filly of 2007.

Rags to Riches was sidelined last September after suffering a hairline fracture to her right front pastern during the running of the Gazelle Stakes at Belmont Park. She returned to Pletcher's barn at Palm Beach Downs earlier this year, where she resumed training before re-injuring herself.

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(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)  

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Leslie Deckard

Leslie Deckard is a former staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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