2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches retired

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Rags To Riches, the champion 3-year-old filly in 2007, has been retired, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Monday.

Rags to Riches, who defeated Horse of the Year Curlin to win the 2007 Belmont Stakes, was sidelined by a hairline fracture in her right front pastern suffered during the Gazelle Stakes at Belmont on Sept. 15. The Gazelle was her only defeat in six career starts.

Rags to Riches, who is owned by Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith, returned to training with Pletcher at Palm Beach Downs earlier this winter and was scheduled to have her third work Tuesday.

"It's the same injury, a hairline P1 fracture, and it just looked like it wasn't going to hold up," Pletcher said. "I wasn't happy with the way she galloped yesterday [Sunday], we took some additional X-rays, and after discussing the situation with Mr. Tabor, we agreed it wasn't worth the risk of continuing on with her."

Pletcher said Rags To Riches will be bred to Giant's Causeway later this spring.