While the 2007 Belmont Stakes wagering doesn’t open until Thursday , much speculation surrounds the entry of filly, Rags to Riches as she will be attempt to be the first to win the stakes in 102 years. If the filly wins the race it will also give trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in a Triple-Crown race. Rags to Riches will more than likely be a long shot to win the race while going up against Kentucky Derby and Preakness contenders Curlin and Hard Spun. Jockey John Velazsquez, who was scheduled to ride Slew’s Tizzy, will ride the filly.
“This is something to get excited about. ” Pletcher said Tuesday outside his stall at Belmont Park. “From a historical perspective, it would place her at the highest level.”
The addition of Rags to Riches has raised the level of excitement about the field as it had been shaping up to be a lack luster event with the absence of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. Now there is a bit of intrigue surrounding the final trace of the Triple Crown.
“I expect her to put in a very formidable run,” Hard Spun trainer Larry Jones said. “She’s quality and believe me; you’ll have to run a mile-and-half to beat her.”
Rags to Riches will be the first filly in eight years and 22nd ever to run in the Belmont. Silverbulletday finished seventh in 1999, and two fillies have won, Tanya in 1905 and Ruthless in 1867.
With Rags to Riches in , the Belmont underwent several changes Tuesday, from who’s running to who’s riding which horse. Time Squared is out and Digger likely will be too, when entries are taken today.
C P West, who finished fourth in the Preakness is another new addition, leaving a probably seven-horse field. Betting odds will not be available until Thursday, June 7th.
The expected field of horses to run in the Belmont Stakes