Rags to Riches wide all the way in Las Virgenes

Updated: February 11, 2007, 2:25 AM ET
By Steve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

Santa Anita, 9th Race - Feb. 10, 2007

$250,000 Las Virgenes S. (G1)
Pgm Horse Win Place Show
9 Rags to Riches 7.40 4.80 3.40
1 Baroness Thatcher 9.60 6.80
3 Runway Rosie 6.00
$1 Exacta (9-1) Paid $33.60, $1 Trifecta (9-1-3) Paid $257.00, $1 Superfecta (9-1-3-5) Paid $1,079.00

ARCADIA, Calif. -- No favorite has had to work harder for a stakes win at the current Santa Anita winter meeting than Rags to Riches in Saturday's $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes.

Making her stakes debut, Rags to Riches overcame a terribly wide trip to win the Grade 1 Las Virgenes by three-quarters of a length over Baroness Thatcher. The victory served notice that Rags to Riches will be a filly to watch in major stakes in coming months.

At times during the Grade 1 Las Virgenes, jockey Garrett Gomez thought Rags to Riches would fade through the field, but the filly surprised him with a sustained run through the stretch.

"I had to put her in a drive at the three-eighths pole," he said. "I thought, 'If she can still win from here . . . ' She had a lot to overcome."

Rags to Riches was five-wide throughout., and finished a mile in 1:37.85.

Rags to Riches ran a mile in 1:37.85. Runway Rosie, second in the stretch, finished third.

Rags to Riches was the only non-stakes-winner in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Rags to Riches is trained by Michael McCarthy. Purchased for $1.9 million as a yearling, Rags to Riches has won 2 of 3 starts and $180,110.