Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.
Stonestreet Stables' Jess's Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, won his highly anticipated career debut in dramatic fashion Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Jess's Dream, the first offspring of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is nearing his highly anticipated first career start, which could come at Saratoga Race Course.
With celebration and nostalgia, the 2014 Hall of Fame class that began tinged with controversy was inducted Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in a ceremony that honored two equine champions, Ashado and Curlin.
Jess's Dream, one of racing's most highly anticipated 2-year-olds, arrived at the barn of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 3 after a 24-hour van ride from the Stonestreet Training Center in Ocala.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a Circuit Court's decision that Jerry Brown should receive $25,000 for his advisory role in the sale of eventual Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.
Maclean's Music, whose 114 Beyer Speed Figure is the highest ever given to a debut winner, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2013 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Harold T. McCormick, minority owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, died April 19.
Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm, and Harold McCormick are seeking help in naming the first foal by 2009 Horse of the Year Rachael Alexandra.
Barbara Banke is carrying on the prominent Thoroughbred operation, Stonestreet Stables, which will be represented by My Miss Aurelia and Wilburn in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Expectations always were great for the handsome colt with the fancy pedigree.
Jackson's drive led him to unparalleled success.. but all was not cozy with the industry. Read Blog
After consulting with trainer Bob Baffert, owner Ahmed Zayat said April 24 that Zayat Stables' Jaycito will not run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Winemaker and prominent Thoroughbred owner Jess Jackson, whose Stonestreet Stable campaigned Rachel Alexandra and Curlin, died April 21 after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
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Pinhookers' 2-year-olds are more profitable because they spent less to acquire them as yearlings.
Photographer Anne M. Eberhardt attended the recent Rachel Alexandra Fan Day at Stonestreet Farm and got some great photos and video. Read Blog
Two horses crowned as Horse of the Year were bred Feb. 21 when female superstar Rachel Alexandra was mated with the stallion Curlin. The mating took place at 9 a.m. (EST) at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The undefeated son of Lion Heart will stand at Vinery Florida for $5,000.
Grade I winner Eskendereya will stand for $30,000 live foal in 2011 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Stallions near Nicholasville, Ky.
Heavily favored Astrology was an appropriate winner on Churchill Downs' Stars of Tomorrow card on opening day of the Louisville track's fall meet, convincingly taking the $122,300 Iroquois Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 31.
- By Steve Haskin
I guess it was too much to hope for to have Rachel Alexandra retire in a normal manner. Read Blog
Rachel Alexandra, the filly who shocked the racing world in 2009 by winning five grade I races during her 3-year-old campaign, including three against males, has been retired, majority owner Jess Jackson announced Sept. 28.
- By Ron Mitchell
Consultant Jerry Brown, who was awarded $25,000 for his role in the sale of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has appealed that ruling, contending that he is owed more than $4.7 million.
Two-time graded stakes winner and leading juvenile Kantharos suffered a career-ending leg fracture earlier this week while galloping out following a routine workout at Saratoga it was announced Aug. 31.
Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Farm and Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables announced Aug. 2 that Eskendereya, will stand at Taylor Made Stallions beginning in 2011.
Rachel Alexandra, coming off two consecutive wins, will race next in the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 in Saratoga. The race for fillies and mares will be run at 1 1/4 miles.
Rachel Alexandra's trainer Steve Asmussen said that he and co-owner Jess Jackson would soon sit down to discuss what's next for the reigning Horse of the Year after her facile victory in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 24.
Rachel Alexandra did what the fans at Monmouth Park came to see her do -- win the $412,000 Lady's Secret. But it was not a walkover for the reigning Horse of the Year, as she was made to work by pacesetter Queen Martha.
- By Steve Haskin
Although one can only speculate what the thinking of Team Rachel is, here are some possibilities, going so far as to look ahead and coming up with a possible schedule leading up to the Breeders' Cup. Read Blog
Rachel Alexandra, who won the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park last season en route to being named Horse of the Year, will return to the New Jersey racetrack July 24 for the Lady's Secret Stakes.
In her final workout before shipping to Saratoga Racecourse in Upstate New York, Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in 1:03 over a track labeled sloppy June 28 at Churchill Downs.
Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year fresh off a grade II romp a week earlier, breezed a half-mile in :51 1/5 at Churchill Downs on June 21, as the weather felt like it was the first full day of summer.
Rachel nation is breathing a little easier June 12 after last year's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra scored her first win of 2010, drawing away from four overmatched rivals in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II).
Calvin Borel will remain aboard Rachel Alexandra when the reigning Horse of the Year shoots for her first win of the season in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 12 at Churchill Downs.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will be entered in the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs June 12, ending weeks of speculation as to where the 4-year-old filly will make her next start.
- By Ron Mitchell
Documents filed in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Zayat Stables say the money gleaned from the sale of Eskendereya was placed in an escrow account, but do not say exactly how much the colt brought.
Stonestreet Farm and Harold McCormick's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra went through her final exercise regimen June 7 in preparation for her return to competition June 12.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to make her next start June 12, with four different races, including the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) against males, under consideration.
Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick's Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 2/5 at Churchill Downs on May 24.
Gross, average, and median rise 23%, 14%, and 8%, respectively, while the buy-back rate falls, and a $650,000 Medaglia d'Oro filly sets a record for a female Thoroughbred sold at public auction in Maryland.
A swift Medaglia d'Oro filly established a record for a female Thoroughbred sold at public auction in Maryland when she brought $650,000 May 17 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland.
Zayat Stables has sold an ownership interest in the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner to Jess Jackson.
But the co-owner isn't afraid to lose and calls the La Troienne "just one step toward the ultimate goal, an appearance in the Breeders' Cup World Championships later this year at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs will honor 2009 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra as the 2010 First Lady of Oaks.
Starting for the first time in Louisville since her record-setting Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a year ago, Rachel Alexandra headlines a field of six in the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III).
Rachel Alexandra, last year's Horse of the Year, is slated to contest the April 30 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting the $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said April 24.
Rachel Alexandra's attitude following a bullet six furlong work in 1:12 April 12 will play a key role in determining the 2009 Horse of the Year's next race, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.
After throwing $5 million at racing's two female superstars to run in the Apple Blossom Invitational (gr. I), Oaklawn Park's president got half of what he and the horse racing world wanted to see.
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