In her final workout in preparation for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, Rachel Alexandra breezed four furlongs Aug. 23 on the Oklahoma Training Track in :48.89, the second-fastest time of 14 workouts at the distance.
With Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, the reigning Horse of the Year ran the first quarter mile in :24.40 as she continued to prepare for the Aug. 29, $300,000 Personal Ensign.
"With her, you’re very careful with the rhythm she gets into to start off," Steve Asmussen, who trains the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro for Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick, said in a release from the New York Racing Association. "She’s very strong and very physical and likes to do quite a bit.
"I think Shaun has done a great job with her, getting her away from the pole smoothly. And once she’s into a rhythm I think it has been pretty good from there."