The National Thoroughbred Racing Association takes a lot of heat, much of it justified. But not this time. The NTRA acted quickly and is to be commended for seizing the opportunity to promote the sport via the Internet through its latest star, Rags To Riches, the filly who beat the boys in the Belmont.

A Rags To Riches blog, to appear on the NTRA website, http://www.ntra.com, will be updated by the Team Pletcher stable three times a week. Included will be a photo gallery, current race schedule, training information, video of all her stakes races, and biographical information.

Also included will be an interactive feature in which fans can ask questions of Pletcher and his stable employees. The blog is scheduled to remain on the NTRA site through the Breeders Cup. My first question would be:

Why not the Travers?

I know theres nothing left to prove after her historical achievement in the Belmont. I know, too, that if you decide to face males again, perhaps awaiting the Breeders Cup Classic is the wiser choice, especially if the favorites are the leading three-year-olds, two of which she defeated already.

If she ran in the Travers, the event would turn into a media circus. Saratogas perennial leading trainer would be besieged by the media, print and electronic. It would be a major distraction and Saratoga is demanding enough as it is.

Most of all, in staying with her own kind, she would tower over a small number of rivals in every race she runs in. Who knows? Perhaps a start on turf against fillies would be different and prove an interesting new challenge.

But its like HRIs Vic Zast said first: Whats good for the filly would be bad for the sport.

Racing fans, and sports fans in general, are only interested in one thing: Seeing her beat the boys again. Because thats a story that transcends sports.