Ok, maybe not, because we are talking about a horse here, not even a jockey. Over the weekend, Rags to Riches took the Belmont Stakes. It was the first time in over 100 years that a Filly has won this race and I think its only the third time period.
She is a beautiful horse, it even struck Tin Man as we watched the pre race to remark how truly gorgeous she is. But, she also had the breeding and the legs to run in that long of a race. Plus, I don't want to say I told you so, because I probably didnt mention it here, but I did remark to Mrs Duck that if I was betting, I would have put a good dose of my money down on Rags to Riches.
The race itself was very very slow until the end. The pace was pedestrian, almost like the horses wanted to crawl to the finish line. At the top of the stretch, Curlin, Hard Spun and Rags to Riches made their moves and Hard Spun had nothing left. With about 2 furlongs to go, Curlin made his last effort and Rags fought it off to take the Belmont by a head or so. A very exciting race that had me sweating. Sports does that to me sometimes.
It is being played up here in the United States as a very big deal, at least amongst people who pay attention to horse racing (which is not that many). In Europe, it would be something, but fillies are run against colts and stallions almost every week and their has to be some times when they win. But, I do know one thing, it sets up the possibility of a great Classic in October, with Curlin, Street Sense, Rags to Riches, Discreet Cat and maybe even Chelokee as entrants. Now, go google all those names to figure out what in the Godessess name I am talking about.