On Oct. 15 at Keeneland, Zenyatta's trainer John Shirreffs talked about everything from Rachel Alexandra, to Horse of the Year, to his undefeated mare's 2010 campaign.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve looks back at Rachel Alexandra's Woodward triumph, as she leaves Saratoga for a new life. Read Blog
Lenny and Steve present a Lightning Round Recap of the weekend's stakes races and their Breeders' Cup implications. Watch Video
Life At Ten, who was beaten soundly by Persistently and the recently retired Rachel Alexandra last out, rebounded convincingly in the $350,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I), romping to an easy victory Oct. 2 at Belmont Park.
We could be seeing the emergence of a superstar in Saturday's Goodwood Stakes.
Jason Shandler talks to Hal Wiggins about Rachel Alexandra's retirement. Read Blog
- By Steve Haskin
I guess it was too much to hope for to have Rachel Alexandra retire in a normal manner. Read Blog
Her 2010 season was disappointing to say the least... by Jason Shandler Read Blog
The event will part of the Louisiana track's three-race series for 3-year-old fillies that also includes the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
A look back at the career of Rachel Alexandra View Slideshow
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.
The reigning Horse of the Year worked a bullet four furlongs at Saratoga's Oklahoma Training track.
There are some popular names in the bloodlines of a number of the yearlings being sold at the most recent Keeneland September Yearling sale. I have been fortunate to photograph a number of them over the years. Read Blog
- 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.
It didn't take long for the 'Retire Rachel' cries to be heard. I can't really criticize those who believe Rachel's reputation has suffered, and feel each race compromises her legacy. Read Blog
- By Vic Zast
The fans' appetite for a confrontation between horse racing's stars wasn't served, but it has probably subsided. Read Blog
Persistently lived up to her name when she wore down reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 29.
- By Vic Zast
Fans of the sport's biggest and least noticed stars express 'That's Amore.' Read Blog
Rachel Alexandra will make her first foray into grade I company since defeating older males in the Woodward Stakes last September when she takes on four fillies and mares as the 2-5 favorite in the $300,000 Personal Ensign.
Grade I winner Malibu Prayer will give six pounds to five fillies and mares when she goes to post as the favorite in the $300,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 29 at Monmouth Park.
Lenny and Steve discuss the return of dirt to Santa Anita, Blind Luck and Evening Jewel, upcoming races, and more. Watch Video
- By Vic Zast
Front-runners and MTOs make the most of NYRA's decision to switch races from turf to dirt. Read Blog
A long wait between races is in store for recent impressive 2-year-old winners.
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.
A double wager linking the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes (gr. I) with the following day's Personal Ensign (gr. I) will be offered at Saratoga Race Course.
Life At Ten, who will take a six-race winning streak into the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga against Rachel Alexandra, worked five furlongs over the track for trainer Todd Pletcher Aug. 22.
Oaklawn Park has announced a 32-stakes program totaling $4.6 million for the 56-day meet that begins Jan. 14, 2011.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced it is offering horse racing memorabilia for sale on its new memorabilia and collectables page at NTRA.com and is having a 20% introductory discount.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra turned in a strong six-furlong workout in 1:13 1/5 at Saratoga Race Course early Aug. 16 as the 4-year-old filly continued preparations for the grade I Personal Ensign Stakes.
Breezing in company over the main track at Saratoga early the morning of Aug. 15, Devil May Care had her final serious work for the matchup with West coast-based Blind Luck in the Aug. 21 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
With jockey Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons, reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra continued preparations for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, breezing a strong six furlongs in 1:12.96 Aug. 9.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in 1:02.45 at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 2 as she continued to prep for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Timing can mean everything, and in the case of the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga, it could result in a long-awaited grade I victory for Unrivaled Belle.
All year, it has been the opinion here that Rachel Alexandra has not performed near her level of last year and that she had several issues that needed to be worked out. That is what made Saturday's Lady's Secret so important.
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.
The reigning Horse of the Year, although racing at Monmouth Park, became an attraction for fans that remained once the feature was done. Read Blog
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.
Assistant trainer Scott Blasi is confident that Rachel Alexandra is progressing nicely during her 4-year-old campaign.
It's not the race most people would have anticipated for her, but reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will continue her 2010 campaign in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 24 at Monmouth Park.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's website, NTRA.com, will offer free, live video streaming of the July 24 Lady's Secret Stakes from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
In her final preparation for the July 24 Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park, reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga July 19.
Rachel Alexandra will have four definite opponents in the $400,000 Lady's Secret Stakes July 24 at Monmouth Park.
Halters worn by two-time Eclipse Award winner Zenyatta and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra brought a combined $8,777.99 on eBay in a fundraiser for the Race for Education.
Lenny and Steve discuss the racing agendas for Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, and the performance of Mine That Bird on the turf. Plus, special guest Kenny Rice offers insights into horse racing on television. Watch Video
Includes photos of Queen Elizabeth, Haynesfield, Franny Freud, Global Hunter, Rachel Alexandra. and more. View Slideshow
Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra both worked five furlongs July 5.
- 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
Welcome to another episode of "Let's Take the Reigning Horse of the Year on the Easiest and Most Bizarre Path Possible." 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.
Halters from Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and undefeated mare Zenyatta are now being auctioned on ebay.com to benefit The Race for Education.
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