Rachel Alexandra Breezes Four Furlongs in :49

Rachel Alexandra Breezes Four Furlongs in :49
Photo: Lou Hodges, Jr.
Rachel Alexandra turned in her final workout before the March 13 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds.
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In her final workout for the March 13 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds, Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra breezed four furlongs in :49 under regular exercise rider Dominic Terry over the fast main track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Monday, March 8.

Fair Grounds clockers caught the Medaglia d'Oro   filly in fractional times of :25 1/5 and :37 1/5, with a five-furlong gallop-out time of 1:01 4/5.

"It was just an easy half," said trainer Steve Asmussen. "It’s hard to compare her to anybody else so we just gave her an easy half and let him get along with her and it looked like she went beautiful. She’s a beautiful mover. That’s how she runs and that’s what makes her special. She went over the racetrack very well; it was in great shape this morning. That’s all we could hope for. She got the breeze in, did very well, looked good."

Post positions for the New Orleans Ladies were to be drawn later March 8.

The Ladies Handicap will serve as Rachel Alexandra’s prep for her scheduled April 9 showdown with undefeated super mare Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Invitational (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.

According to Fair Grounds, here are the official workouts for Rachel Alexandra since her arrival in the Bayou State:

— March 8, Fast, Four furlongs, :49 (:25 1/5, :37 1/5), breezing

— March 2, Fast, Six furlongs, 1:13 3/5 (:13, :25 3/5, :38 2/5, :51, 1:02 1/5), breezing

— Feb. 24, Fast, Six furlongs, 1:14 (:13, :25 1/5, :37 3/5, :49 4/5, 1:02), breezing

— Feb. 18, Fast, Five furlongs, 1:00 1/5 (:12, :23 4/5, :35 3/5, :47 3/5), breezing

— Feb. 12, Sloppy, Five furlongs, 1:03 4/5 (:13 2/5, :26 1/5, :38 3/5, :51 3/5), breezing

— Feb. 6, Fast, Four furlongs, :50 3/5, breezing

— Jan. 31, Fast, Four furlongs, :52, breezing

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