It was decided after the complete exam at New Bolton Center that Rags to Riches could resume training. On July 31, the horse
had her final gallop at Belmont Park prior to shipping on to Saratoga to resume training.
According to Pletcher's team, "she looked great, was doing well," and was vanned to the upstate racetrack to get her back
in physical condition. Thorpe had a chance to examine her again there. "She looks fine," he said.
The daughter of A.P. Indy galloped 1.37-mile at Saratoga on Aug. 2 and had an easy half-mile breeze in 49.86 on Aug. 5.
Apparently the hiccup on July 22 was nothing more than that.
The care given by Martin's staff and the technology of nuclear scintigraphy allowed for a detailed look at her musculoskeletal
At press time, the horse was set to race against older fillies and mares Sept. 8 in the Grade 1 Ruffian for F&M 3-and-Up at
a mile and a sixteenth. Pletcher's ultimate goal is to run the horse in the Breeder's Cup in October, at Monmouth Park, N.J.
Ed Kane is a Seattle author, researcher and consultant in animal nutrition, physiology and veterinary medicine, with a background
in horses, pets and livestock.