The heroine of the Belmont Stakes, third leg of America’s Triple Crown, has not only made history for the fact she was the first filly in 102 years to secure the spoils, but she is also a close relation to the stallion that made Summerhill what it is today, Northern Guest.
The connection comes from the fact that Rags to Riches’ third dam and Northern Guests’ second dam are the celebrated matron, Best In Show, described yesterday by the renowned pedigree analyst Alan Porter of the TDN, “as one of the most significant tap root mares of the past 50 years”.
This filly was bred to win the Belmont. Her sire A. P. Indy is a Belmont winner, her half brother Jazil won the Belmont for Sheikh Hamdan last year, and her grandmother, Blush With Pride won the Kentucky Oaks Gr 1. If ever there was a Classic pedigree, this was it, and if anyone is still wondering what it is that’s made Northern Guest the only stallion in South Africa to secure six consecutive Broodmare Sire titles, we guess the answer was a concoction of these elements. His name will live on in South African pedigrees for generations to come.