Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra arrived at Saratoga the morning of June 30 and was bedded down in her old stall at trainer Steve Asmussen's barn near the Oklahoma Training Track.
In her final workout before shipping to Saratoga Racecourse in Upstate New York, Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in 1:03 over a track labeled sloppy June 28 at Churchill Downs.
Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year fresh off a grade II romp a week earlier, breezed a half-mile in :51 1/5 at Churchill Downs on June 21, as the weather felt like it was the first full day of summer.
It's Zenyatta vs. Rachel at Saratoga and you are there. Read Blog
Jason Shandler asks, "What if all the stars somehow made it to the Breeders' Cup Classic"? Read Blog
Night racing, disco, Rachel Alexandra, and Blame highlight Stephen Foster weekend. View Slideshow
Rachel nation is breathing a little easier June 12 after last year's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra scored her first win of 2010, drawing away from four overmatched rivals in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II).
Jason Shandler says it's tough to get excited about the race when the Stephen Foster is on the same day. Read Blog
Calvin Borel will remain aboard Rachel Alexandra when the reigning Horse of the Year shoots for her first win of the season in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 12 at Churchill Downs.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will be entered in the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs June 12, ending weeks of speculation as to where the 4-year-old filly will make her next start.
With the connections of Rachel Alexandra undecided on which of four stakes in which she will run June 12, eight horses are probable and three are possible for the 29th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap.
Stonestreet Farm and Harold McCormick's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra went through her final exercise regimen June 7 in preparation for her return to competition June 12.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to make her next start June 12, with four different races, including the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) against males, under consideration.
The 2009 Horse of the Year covers the distance in 1:11 1/5 at Churchill Downs,
Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick's Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 2/5 at Churchill Downs on May 24.
A swift Medaglia d'Oro filly established a record for a female Thoroughbred sold at public auction in Maryland when she brought $650,000 May 17 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland.
Stonestreet Stable and Harold McCormick's 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra posted her first workout since a loss in the La Troienne, with an easy half-mile breezeat Churchill Downs on May 10.
Jockey expected to take the inside path again win he rides Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver in the Preakness (gr. I).
It's no surprise that Super Saver, winner of the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is the new No. 1 on this week's NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll.
Unrivaled Belle outduels 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra down the stretch to win the April 30 La Troienne by a head.
Ron Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day 2010, including Blind Luck's exciting finish. Watch Video
For the second time in seven weeks, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra lost a stretch duel when Unrivaled Belle outfought her to win the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs April 30.
But the co-owner isn't afraid to lose and calls the La Troienne "just one step toward the ultimate goal, an appearance in the Breeders' Cup World Championships later this year at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs will honor 2009 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra as the 2010 First Lady of Oaks.
While Blind Luck may headline the 14-horse Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) field this year there are plenty of other fillies that look like they are ready to tango with the daughter of Pollard's Vision.
Starting for the first time in Louisville since her record-setting Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a year ago, Rachel Alexandra headlines a field of six in the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III).
Rachel Alexandra, last year's Horse of the Year, is slated to contest the April 30 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
Johnny Greathouse and trainer Todd Pletcher confirm that their star filly, Devil May Care, will be entered only in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and not cross-entered in the Oaks (gr. I).
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting the $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said April 24.
Sweet Life, a daughter of Kris S. who is the dam of champion Sweet Catomine and grade I winner Life Is Sweet, was named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra zipped six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.40 at Churchill Downs April 19 as the 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro continues to prepare for a return to competition.
A Circuit Court judge in Kentucky has awarded Jerry Brown, who operates Thoro-Graph, Inc., a total of $25,000 (plus costs) for his role in the purchase by James Lauffer of a half-interest in Rachel Alexandra.
Rachel Alexandra's attitude following a bullet six furlong work in 1:12 April 12 will play a key role in determining the 2009 Horse of the Year's next race, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.
Mountcat is scheduled to be offered during the Magic Millions national broodmare auction while in foal to Street Sense.
While rejoicing in the afterglow of Zenyatta's memorable triumphs, we should not let the greatness of Rachel Alexandra dim after all she did for the sport last year. Read Blog
HRTV's Inside Information presents the special story of Hal Wiggins, Rachel Alexandra, and Rachel Mattson. For more of HRTV's Inside Information, visit HRTV.com.
Compared to what it was supposed to look like, the field for the April 9 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap (gr. I) is a major disappointment. A field of only five, led by undefeated two-time champion Zenyatta, was drawn.
Arnold Zetcher's Zardana was named Horse of the Meet at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots' 2009-2010
HRTV's 'Inside Information' will chronicle the bond between critically-ill 9-year-old Rachel Mattson, champion Rachel Alexandra, and trainer Hal Wiggins.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra worked an easy half-mile in :50.40 at Fair Grounds the morning of March 22 in her first timed move since her narrow loss to Arnold Zetcher's Zardana in the New Orleans Ladies March 13.
The truth of the matter is that the Apple Blossom showdown turned into one big mess. Read Blog
Lenny and Steve discuss the Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and the latest Kentucky Derby preps. Watch Video
Following a "March Madness" style weekend on the track there was plenty of movement in this week's NTRA Thoroughbred Polls released the afternoon of March 15.
It was obvious watching Rachel on Saturday that this was not the same filly we saw last year, at least not right now. Read Story
Jess Jackson, principal owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, announced March 14 that the 4-year-old filly will not face Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 9.
An eventful weekend of racing ended with some new Kentucky Derby contenders and Apple Blossom disappoinment... Read Blog
Rachel Alexandra was stunned by Zardana, who tackled the reigning Horse of the Year at the top of the stretch and outdueled the heavy favorite to win by three parts of a length in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin's personal diary as preparations begin for the Apple Blossom. Read Blog
As expected, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and two-time champion Zenyatta were chief among the 45 fillies and mares nominated to the $5 million Apple Blossom Invitational (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 9.
Our new Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta Showdown page will help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings leading up to the historic showdown. View Page
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