2009 Kentucky Oaks

Rachel Alexandra dominates Oaks Day 2009.

The day began with clouds and a sloppy track, but it was fast by post time for the Oaks.

Photo: Elizabeth Lovejoy

The people came out dressed in their finest.

Photo: Elizabeth Lovejoy

But, the primary color for the day was pink.

Photo: Elizabeth Lovejoy

Photo: Elizabeth Lovejoy

Everyone was in the pink, as Churchill Downs donated money to support breast cancer research, education and awareness.

Photo: Elizabeth Lovejoy

Even Rachel Alexandra was in the pink.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The early buzz was about the scratch of Champion Zenyatta from the Lousville Distaff.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Then, word came that Justwhistledixie, 2nd choice in the Oaks, was scratched from the race due to a foot abscess.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Calvin Borel, jockey of Rachel Alexandra, won 2 races on the undercard including an upset in the Louisville Distaff with Miss Isella.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Cancer Survivor Parade before the Oaks led by cancer survivor and former jockey Patty Cooksey, right, with Donna Brothers (left).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

And they're off!

Photo: Rick Samuels

Gabby's Golden Gal was sharp all week at Churchill and took the early lead in the Oaks.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

But, there was no stopping Rachel Alexandra.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

And down the stretch she comes.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

leaving the rest behind.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

It's a long way back to second.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Calvin points out the obvious - Rachel is #1.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

A jubilant Calvin Borel heads to the Winner's Circle.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Lilies well earned.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The happiest place on earth.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Calvin be careful, don't drop it!

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Taking it all in.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Rachel Alexandra, the epitome of power and grace.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

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