06/06/2016 12:50PM

Rags to Riches has had modest broodmare career

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Rags to Riches, winner of the 2007 Belmont Stakes, returned to Kentucky recently.

On Friday, Belmont Park will card the Rags to Riches Invitational, named to honor the 2007 Belmont Stakes winner who became the first filly in more than a century to win America’s oldest and longest classic when she outdueled eventual two-time Horse of the Year Curlin for the victory.

Rags to Riches, who also won the Kentucky Oaks, Santa Anita Oaks, and Las Virgenes for the Coolmore operation, has thus far failed to come remotely close to replicating herself as a broodmare. She was recently returned to Kentucky after spending several years in Ireland and looks to turn her fortunes around this year as part of an outstanding first book for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, standing at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches’s first foal, born in Kentucky in 2009, was the Giant’s Causeway filly Opulence, who closely resembled her dam in looks. The unraced filly has now joined Coolmore’s broodmare band and has been matched to its young stallions, producing a colt from the first crop of champion Shanghai Bobby last year and a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Verrazano this year.

After producing Admirer, a Henrythenavigator colt who lost his only start, Rags to Riches was matched four years in a row to Coolmore’s international titan Galileo, producing two winners thus far. Rhett Butler is a winner in Serbia; Rich and Righteous has won once from 11 starts, with that victory coming in Dubai; and Never So Few is winless in two starts this year. The most recent foal from the pairing is an unraced juvenile filly.

Rags to Riches delivered a filly from the first crop of regally bred Australia – by Galileo and out of champion Ouija Board – in March, prior to her booking to American Pharoah.

Hopes were high for Rags to Riches, a daughter of A.P. Indy, as a broodmare because of her outstanding female lineage. She is out of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, who also produced Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Man of Iron, Grade 2 winner Casino Drive, and Grade 1 producer Teeming. Out of Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, Better Than Honour is a half-sister to Group 1-placed Maryinsky, the dam of champion Peeping Farn, Group 1 winner Thewayyouare, and group stakes winners Smolensk and Turnberry Isle.

Other prominent producers in the family include Broodmare of the Year Best in Show and her descendants Monroe and Minnie Hauk. It is the family of champion El Gran Senor and multiple Group 1 winner Redoute’s Choice, both prominent sires; champions Close Hatches, Malinowski, Xaar, Aldebaran, and Try My Best; Breeders’ Cup Mile winners Spinning World and Domedriver; and Grade/Group 1 winners Senue, Chief Contender, Chimes of Freedom, Good Journey, Denon, Saddex, Bahamian Pirate, Yagli, Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Manhattan Run, Platinum Scissors, Al Maher, and Effinex.

Joe Ambrose 11 months ago
why is she being bred for turf so many times?
Janet Squire 12 months ago
is she staying in the U.S.????
Dustin OHara 12 months ago
Her Belmont win was great gutsy win over curlin
Laura 12 months ago
other than Super Saver, how much impact has A.P. Indy had as a broodmare sire?
Kyri Freeman 12 months ago
Looking at the Bloodhorse stallion register, he's the broodmare sire of Bluegrass Cat, Brethren, Cal Nation, Chitu, Dramedy, High Cotton, Imagining, Morning Line, Revolutionary, Any Given Saturday, among others. It's harder to look up mares out of AP Indy daughters, but Royal Delta is one, and she has two graded stakes-quality full sisters, Carnival Court and Crown Queen.
Lance 12 months ago
Also, he led the broodmare sire list last year, so I'd say he's done OK!  1.7 AEI vs a 1.5 CI, and 137 stakes winners which is 5.5% from foals, outstanding for a broodmare sire.
Laura 12 months ago
thank you, and to Kyri, I guess it's because pedigrees are so rarely mentioned on tv broadcasts anymore, I just don't recall hearing about his influence on the bottom side of pedigrees
Frank 12 months ago
always thought that Pletcher sacrificed her in order for him to get his first Classic winner  - That race ruined her.

He definitely learned that from the Butcher himself - Lukas.

Kyri Freeman 12 months ago
It just goes to show that it's very difficult for a mare to be a great producer. I could randomly pick six foals by Tapit or Bernardini and there's a good chance those six would include non-winners and horses who didn't start -- but stallions get hundreds of chances. Rhett Butler, although racing in Serbia which isn't exactly the center of the Thoroughbred world, has won 4 of 11 and is a GI winner, according to pedigreequery.com, so even if he isn't something awesome by most standards, he can get around a track.
Melanie Thompson 12 months ago
Another dud. But she will still be bred every year..
bvalaw 12 months ago
She may be a dud, but often it is the second generation that is the star. One of her daughters may be a great broodmare.
Melanie Thompson 12 months ago
Yes true. We shall see
Laura 12 months ago
and often *unraced* daughters of great race mares, at that
Michael Slezak 12 months ago
Why would you NOT breed a Belmont Stakes winning mare every year? Mares only get a dozen or so foals at best in a lifetime — Rags to Riches is a genetic masterpiece who deserves every chance to replicate her greatness via one of her foals. Just because that hasn't happened in her first five of racing age doesn't mean it won't.