Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings has a strong three-of-a-kind hand for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in Rachel's Valentina, Terra Promessa, and Royal Obsession.
- By Ron Mitchell
Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez have been selected for induction this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
The filly was rank in the early going under Ricardo Santana Jr. and drifted out a bit in late stretch, while still holding off the challenge of previously undefeated stablemate Taxable.
Undefeated Taxable and four other entrants will vie with Stonestreet's runner on a win streak for a total of 170 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) points in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Oaklawn.
Cash is King's unbeaten Cathryn Sophia is the even-money morning-line favorite for Keeneland's April 9 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
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The finalists are jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
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.
Scratched from what would have been his stakes debut in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16, Dede McGehee's Dolphus took a step forward Jan. 31 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen is eligible for consideration for the Racing Hall of Fame this year after investigations in two states found no evidence of horse abuse.
Oaklawn Park will pay tribute to American Pharoah with a 'bobblehorse' promotion on Jan. 18, 2016.
Heaven Trees Farm's 2-year-old colt Dolphus, a half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, made his first start a winning one when he captured a maiden special weight event at Fair Grounds Nov. 22.
Dolphus, a Lookin At Lucky half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is scheduled to make his career debut in the sixth race Nov. 22 at Fair Grounds.
Rachel's Valentina, the daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, seeks to extend the family legacy in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Stonestreet's homebred will lay up in Florida and is expected to return to training in December.
In the care of Dede McGehee's Heaven Trees Farm near Lexington, broodmare Lotta Kim, dam of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is again hitting her stride.
A half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate Company for $800,000 during the Sept. 15 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Rachel's Valentina continued to impress Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, remaining perfect in two starts with her win in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) for Stonestreet Stables.
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old Bernardini filly out of champion Rachel Alexandra, looks to take a step up for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga.
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.
Three weeks after his younger half sister beat him to the punch, 3-year-old Jess's Dream will debut in a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight race Aug. 24 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.
It took Rachel's Valentina a moment to figure out what this racing thing is all about, but once the 2-year-old filly found her stride, there was no stopping her en route to a sparkling debut victory Aug. 2 at Saratoga.
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|Cats||D. Wayne Lukas||
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|Rachel Alexandra||Steven M. Asmussen||
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