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Jon White, who makes the morning line at Santa Anita and provides pre-race television commentary for the track’s simulcast network, has observed it is rather ironic that Streaming drew the outside post position in the field of eight entered for Saturday’s Las Virgenes Stakes.
“Streaming’s dam (Teeming) is a half-sister to Rags to Riches, who broke from the outside post in a field of eight in the 2007 Las Virgenes,” White noted.
After Rags to Riches left the starting gate from the outside post in the Las Virgenes, she went on to win the one-mile event by three-quarters of a length despite an extremely wide trip.
“Rags to Riches veered out leaving the gate,” White recalled. “And then she was ‘hooked six wide’ going into the clubhouse turn, as Trevor (Denman) put it. Rags to Riches raced even wider all the way down the backstretch when out past the middle of the track.
“She never got any closer to the inside rail than about the four path the whole race. I’d say perhaps no horse in the history of racing in California ever won a Grade I race with a wider trip than Rags to Riches in the Las Virgenes. That performance really showed that Rags to Riches was a special filly.”
After Rags to Riches’ Las Virgenes victory, she would go on to win the Santa Anita Oaks, Kentucky Oaks and Belmont Stakes.
Even though she stumbled at the start in the Belmont, Rags to Riches prevailed by a head over Curlin to become the first filly to win the Belmont in 102 years. The daughter of A.P. Indy was voted a 2007 Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly.
“Kentucky Derby winners Genuine Risk and Winning Colors, like Rags to Riches, both won a Triple Crown race,” White added. “And Genuine Risk and Winning Colors are both deservedly in the Hall of Fame. I really think Rags to Riches should be in the Hall of Fame, too. Rags to Riches actually won more Grade I races (four) during her career than Genuine Risk (two) and Winning Colors (three).”