Rachel Alexandra is enjoying her well-deserved vacation at
“We backed off of her training and she’s doing great,” said Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer Scott Blasi. “We’ve had some cool nights and beautiful days up here at
“As of now, we’re planning on leaving Tuesday by van. We’ll wrap her in bubble wrap and she’ll be at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
“She still gets quite a few visitors up here, and it’s nice that everybody cares so much about her. She’s been able to let down for a little bit and be more of a horse for a little while, instead of being in constant training. She shipped to seven different racetracks this year, and right after a race she gets on a van, so it was nice after the Woodward, with the meet ending two days later, to have her in this environment where she hasn’t had to travel and hasn’t had any pressure put on her. And they can feel that. With just light training, she knows we’re not getting her cranked up for a race, and her attitude has been great. For her to have the pressure she’s had and still be such a sweetheart is amazing.”
Blasi said that Spinaway (gr. I) winner Hot Dixie Chick will be given some time off and probably will start back at the end of November at Fair Grounds. Kensei, winner of the grade II Dwyer and Jim Dandy, worked six furlongs in 1:12 and change over the