Real Life Breyer Horses: Rags to Riches

October 21, 2009

There are many great colts in Thoroughbred racing but a great filly doesn’t come along every day. In 2007 we got to meet a filly that has found a place in many hearts.

Rags to Riches was born in 2004 out of A.P. Indy (Sire) and Better than Honour (Dam). On her sire’s side was the famous Seattle Slew, Secretariat and Bold Ruler, and on her dam’s side was the famous Northern Dancer. Rags was bred out of the small Skara Glen Stables in Pennsylvania, known for its Thoroughbred breeding program, but not just race horses, they are also known for their hunters and jumpers!

In 2005 Rags to Riches was brought to Keenland for sale and sold for an astonishing 1.9 million dollars to Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. She was sent to training at the age of two with Todd Pletcher. It was clear that, while she was fast, she would flourish at long distances. In January of 2007 she was brought into competition at Santa Anita race track and won her first race by six lengths. She then went on to win a few other races and eventually the Kentucky Oaks. This little filly was really making people notice!

In June of 2007 she was entered in the prestigious Belmont stakes and she truly made it memorable. She faced Curlin, the horse of the year and a strong competitor himself. She stumbled out the gate and while that would take a normal horse out of the race, she still found her way to the front of the pack and dueling it out with Curlin at the final stretch. In the end, it would be the first time a filly had won the Belmont in over a century!

Rags was retired shortly after due to a front pastern injury and was bred for the first time in 2008. In early 2009 she gave birth to her first foal and is expecting again!

Breyer’s Rags to Riches is featured on the wonderful Ruffian mold who is also a famous champion filly. She is in full stride heading towards the finish line with a wreath of flowers already over her winning neck. She is a stunning bright chestnut and has a long blaze down her face with three socks. She’s truly a beauty to behold.

Check out all the race horses that Breyer has to offer at Golden Oak Stables and keep an eye out for Rags’ offspring, they’re sure to make a splash some day soon!


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