Her name is Rags to Riches and today she made history. Twenty two fillies have raced in the Belmont Stakes, the longest of the Triple Crown races at a mile and a half, but only two have ever won. The most recent was in 1905.
Lots a hype surrounded Rags to Riches before the race, so it felt like a big let down when she stumbled out of the gate. Then she was four wide at the first turn and, for most of the race, she remained at fifth place. At that last turn, however, she turned on the speed, soared past the other horses, ran neck and neck with Curlin in the home stretch, and nosed him out for the win. What an incredible race. Way to go, girl!
Update: Thanks to commenter Steve Crickmore who pointed me to the video of the race on ESPN. It’s on the right side of the screen. This race is a must see, folks. By the way, as the announcer says at the end of the video, the filly who won back in 1905 did so when the race was just a mile and a quarter, making Rags to Riches’ win that much more historic.
Update II: The video of the race has been posted on YouTube. This version has much better sound: