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  • Zenyatta

    The Morning After: All Zenyatta, All the Time

    Although she was back in her barn at Hollywood Park after her historic Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) win, Zenyatta was the hot topic the morning of Nov. 8 among those gathered at Clocker's Corner at Santa Anita, one day after they witnessed history.

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    Visit With Rachel Alexandra to be Auctioned

    A personal visit with superstar filly Rachel Alexandra goes on the auction block tomorrow as the grand final item in Kendall-Jackson's "Rachel Alexandra Running Auction," benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The auction will end after seven days at noon, Nov. 4.

  • Rachel Alexandra has returned to Churchill Downs.

    Rachel Alexandra Back at Churchill Downs

    Leading Horse of the Year candidate Rachel Alexandra returned to her home base at Churchill Downs Oct. 7 and settled into familiar surroundings in trainer Steve Asmussen's Barn 38 following a long van ride from Saratoga, where she spent much of the summer and the early days of fall.

  • Rachel Alexandra is enjoying a well-deserved vacation at Saratoga.

    Rachel 'Doing Great,' Ships to Ky. Tuesday

    Rachel Alexandra is enjoying her well-deserved vacation at Saratoga following an arduous and ambitious campaign that culminated with a memorable victory over older males in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I). The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro will ship back to Churchill Downs on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

  • Monmouth Park

    Monmouth Meeting Shows Attendance Gains

    Monmouth Park concluded its 2009 meeting Sept. 27 showing a significant gain in average attendance, even as wagering followed what has become this year's national downward trend.

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    Jackson Reaffirms No Breeders' Cup for Rachel

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors Sept. 11 said the organization will increase the purse of the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) by $1 million if Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta start in the 1 1/4-mile event Nov. 7 at Santa Anita Park.

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    Rachel Doing Well Day After Woodward

    Standing outside his barn at Saratoga the morning of Sept. 6, trainer Steve Asmussen was still basking in the glow of Rachel Alexandra's historic victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) as he reported the filly came out of the race in good shape.

  • Rachel Alexandra holds off Macho Again for an historic victory in the Woodward. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8459488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Holds Off Macho Again in Woodward

    Rachel Alexandra cemented herself as one of the best fillies of all-time in a race for the ages, as she set a suicidal pace and then was all out under Calvin Borel to hold off a bold charge from Macho Again to win the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) by a head in electrifying fashion Sept. 5 at Saratoga.

  • Rachel Alexandra will break from post 3 in the Woodward Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8379868%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Woodward Analysis: Target Rachel?

    Please note the following analysis was written by someone with a glass-is-half-empty mentality and is not meant to frighten, upset, or antagonize Rachel Alexandra fans and zealots. So, read at your own risk.

  • Icon Project ran an impressive race in the Personal Ensign Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8445078%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Icon Project: Yet Another Filly Standout

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>It seems 2009 would be a year for filly phenoms, and they're all the result of young, distance-loving sires.

  • Rachel Alexandra, who defeated 3-year old males in the Haskell, takes on older males in the Woodward.

    Rachel to Face 7 Males in Historic Woodward

    On Sept. 5 at Saratoga, Rachel Alexandra will seek history when trying to become the first female to win the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) -- a feat that would almost certainly lock up Horse of the Year honors and stamp the 3-year-old as one of the best fillies of all time.

  • Rachel Alexandra owner, Jess Jackson

    Rachel's Options Open After Woodward

    Majority owner Jess Jackson said on a national teleconference Sept. 1 that plans for Rachel Alexandra following Saturday's $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) are up in the air, and he did not dismiss the idea of putting her away for the year.

  • &quot;SEE RACHEL RUN&quot; promotional flyer from NYRA.

    'Rachel' Poised to Make History in Woodward

    With her scheduled start against older males in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, Sept. 5, Rachel Alexandra is taking a path seldom traveled by 3-year-old fillies.

  • NYRA is making special plans as &quot;The Rachel Alexandra Show&quot; comes to Saratoga for the Woodward.

    NYRA Makes Special Plans for 'Rachel' Show

    The New York Racing Association is making special plans as "The Rachel Alexandra Show" comes to Saratoga Race Course for Saturday's grade I, $750,000 Woodward Stakes.

  • Rachel Alexandra following this morning&#39;s workout at Saratoga.

    Rachel Alexandra in Final Woodward Tuneup

    Rachel Alexandra, whose eight-race win streak includes four grade I stakes, turned in her final preparation for the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) when she breezed four furlongs at Saratoga on the morning of Aug. 31.

  • Sarah Louise powers home in the Victory Ride.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8443363%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Victory Ride: Sara Louise Returns With a Bang

    Sara Louise, the last horse to defeat superstar filly Rachel Alexandra, returned from a nine-month layoff in sparkling fashion, coming from off the pace to score the $110,000 Victory Ride (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

  • And They're Off: August 26, 2009 (Video)

    Topics include Rachel Alexandra and Jess Jackson, the continued breakdowns at Del Mar, plus a look at the second season of Animal Planet's hit reality program, JOCKEYS.

  • Asiatic Boy

    Rachel May Send Asiatic Boy to Del Mar

    As soon as trainer Kiaran McLaughlin found out Rachel Alexandra would be running in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 he quickly contacted the owner of his Woodward hopeful Asiatic Boy, about the possibility of heading to California.

  • Rachel Alexandra, in Haskell Invitational victory.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8379873%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Super Filly Rachel Alexandra to Woodward

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said Aug. 24 that top 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra will run in the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and that stablemate Kensei would contest the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I).

  • This powerful-looking Medaglia d&#39;Oro filly topped the OBS select session by attracting a $275,000 final bid from Charlotte Weber&#39;s Live Oak Plantation.

    Medaglia d'Oro Filly Tops OBS Select Session

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale broke slowly from the starting gate Aug. 24 in Central Florida, suffering downturns of more than 30% from 2008 in its gross revenue, average price, and median price. But a powerful-looking Medaglia d'Oro filly topped the select session by attracting a $275,000 final bid from Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation that surpassed last year's peak price for an individual horse of $200,000.

  • NYRA is hoping to lure Zenyatta to Belmont Park to face Rachel Alexandra.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8279340%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    NYRA Joins Rachel Alexandra-Zenyatta Bidding

    Online wagering companies TVG and Betfair have pledged an additional $400,000 to the New York Racing Association to invite Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta to participate in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 3.

  • Medaglia d&#39;Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro on Southern Hemisphere Time

    Medaglia d'Oro, the leading sire this year by North American earnings and leading second crop sire, will be available to be bred on Southern Hemisphere time, beginning Sept. 1 at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington.

  • Trainer Hal Wiggins

    Wiggins to Retire After Churchill Meet

    After training horses for more three decades and having his career peak this year with the success of the sensational filly Rachel Alexandra, Hal Wiggins will ride off into the sunset of retirement at the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet in November.

  • Rachel Alexandra during her August 17th work at Saratoga.

    'Earnest' Discussions on Rachel's Next Start

    Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.37 on a foggy Monday morning on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, after which trainer Steve Asmussen said discussions would begin "in earnest" on where the filly would make her next start.

  • Quality Road is on schedule to run in the Travers.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8408430%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Quality Road Works, On Schedule For Travers

    Quality Road, expected to be among the favorites for the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I), turned in his first work since his record-setting victory in the Amsterdam (gr. II) Aug. 16 at Saratoga, covering six furlongs in 1:13.19.

  • Saratoga offers fans a chance to win a meeting with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Spa Holding Drawing to Visit Classic Winners

    Saratoga is already the only racetrack in the country where fans can catch a glimpse of all three 2009 classic winners, and on Friday, Aug. 21, three lucky individuals will win a chance to meet one of these great horses face-to-face.

  • Zenyatta&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8394818%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zenyatta Gets a Free Ride to the Donn

    Gulfstream Park added the name of unbeaten champion Zenyatta to the list of superstar nominees whose fees have been waived to the 2010 Donn Handicap (gr. I).

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel, Turcotte to Sign Autographs at the Spa

    Although history would place them a generation apart, jockeys Ron Turcotte and Calvin Borel will be meeting new and old fans alike in public autograph appearances at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 15-16. Both riders will be appearing at the Secretariat.com booth set up for the weekend adjacent to the jockey silks display.

  • Summer Bird&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8205499%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Summer Bird Gallops; 'Rachel' in Great Shape

    Looking ahead to a possible start on the grass in the fall, trainer Tim Ice had Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird galloped the morning of Aug. 12 over the Oklahoma turf course as part of his preparations for the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Gulfstream Trying to Attract Rachel, Others

    Gulfstream Park has waved the nomination fees for grade I winners Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Summer Bird, and Quality Road to next year's Donn Handicap.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    'Rachel' Breezes at Spa; Next Start Unknown

    Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra put in her first work at Saratoga Race Course the morning of Aug. 11 in preparation for her as-yet-to-be-determined next start, covering a half-mile in :50.72 under exercise rider Dominic Terry.

  • Haskell winner Rachel Alexandra&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8379868%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Rachel Back On Training Track at Saratoga

    Stonestreet Stable's Rachel Alexandra was on Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 6 for a gallop and will return to the work tab next week, most likely Aug. 11, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

  • Soul Warrior

    Second-Crop Standouts

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>The weekend brought a couple of new players to the 3-year-old scene and also underlined just how strong the second-crop sires are.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Countdown to the Cup: Three, two, one...Phht

    A story about Rachel Alexandra seems out of place in a column about the Breeders' Cup, but who cares. That's between Jess Jackson and the Breeders' Cup decision makers. Even though there will be no launching of the Rachel rocket on Nov. 7, it's still fun to "count down" to the imaginary blast off.

  • Rachel Alexandra dominates the field in the 2009 Haskell at Monmouth Park.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8379873%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Rachel Alexandra Routs Boys in Haskell Slop

    Rachel Alexandra turned in yet another dominating performance in a campaign for the ages when she captured the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Monmouth Park Aug. 2.

  • Hot Dixie Chick pulls away to capture the Schuylerville. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8373458%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hot Dixie Chick Romps in Schuylerville

    Favored Hot Dixie Chick showed she was more than a speed freak in the $111,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), rating patiently just off the pace before grabbing the lead and then pulling away to a 6 1/4 length victory July 29, the opening day of the Saratoga meeting in upstate New York.

  • Atomic Rain

    Sore Foot May Keep Atomic Rain Out of Haskell

    A sore foot could keep Atomic Rain from taking on BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

  • Rachel Alexandra&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8266928%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Rachel's Halter Sold in Online Auction

    The training halter worn by Rachel Alexandra prior to her historic victory in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was purchased by an Ohio man for $2,859.99 in an online auction that will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

  • Rachel Alexandra&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8279203%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Jackson Adamant: No Breeders' Cup for Rachel

    Jess Jackson might as well have said "read my lips," when he stated emphatically on a national teleconference July 28 that Rachel Alexandra will not run in the Breeders' Cup, regardless of how much pressure is put on him.

  • Mine That Bird and trainer Chip Woolley take on 5 in the West Virginia Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8185221%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

    While America's 3-year-old sweetheart Rachel Alexandra is frolicking at the Jersey Shore Aug. 2 in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, and a deep, well-matched group of colts gather in the Adirondacks for the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! brands (gr. I) for the first time in history will be out in the Appalachians, showing off in front of the Mountaineer Park crowd in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II).