The cry of "girl power!" echoed throughout stately Belmont Park today as a filly won the Belmont Stakes for the first time in 102 years. Rags to Riches, a half-sister of 2006 winner Jazil, overcame a stumble at the start to outduel favored Curlin by a neck and capture the third jewel of the Triple Crown under John Velazquez.
Rags to Riches returned $10.60 as the 4-1 second choice. Trainer Todd Pletcher, who earned his first victory in a Triple Crown race in his 29th attempt, abandoned his normal reserve to join the crowd in urging her on down the stretch. Rags to Riches, a chestnut daughter of A.P. Indy, carried 121 pounds to her six rivals' 126.