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  • Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel take the Lady's Secret by three lengths.<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%3D9116822%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Has to Work in Lady's Secret Victory

    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.

  • Haskin: So, What is Their Thinking?

    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.

  • Rachel Alexandra romps in the Fleur de Lis.
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    Confident Rachel Blooms Again in Fleur de Lis

    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).

  • Riley Tucker came up the inside to take the Aristides.

    Riley Tucker Rides Rail to Aristides Win

    Riley Tucker, who raced close to the pace during the early part of the May 29 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, found clear sailing along the rail entering the stretch on his way to two-length score.

  • Heart Ashley powers home in the My Juliet.

    Heart Ashley a Gutty My Juliet Winner

    Overlooked in the wagering at odds of 8-1, Heart Ashley quickly took the lead and never looked back while tallying a 1 1/4-length win in the $250,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park May 29.

  • Silver Timber won the Shakertown at Keeneland on April 10.<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%3D8886035%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Silver Timber Looks to Axe Turf Sprint

    The April 30 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) has drawn a competitive field of 11 older turf sprinters, headlined by three-time grade III winner Silver Timber.

  • Rachel Alexandra and Steve Asmussen<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%3D8838264%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Out of Apple Blossom

    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.

  • Zardana (left) defeats 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

    Zardana Stuns Rachel in Her Season Debut

    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.

  • Rachel Alexandra posted her fourth workout of 2010 when she covered five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 over a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course Feb. 18.

    Rachel, Zenyatta Work Toward 2010 Debuts

    Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra posted her fourth workout of 2010 when she covered five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Fair Grounds while Zenyatta drilled six furlongs in 1:14 over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.

  • Friesan Fire won the Louisiana Handicap on January 23.

    Friesan Fire Favored in Mineshaft

    The first three finishers in the Jan. 23 Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds are set to battle again in the Feb. 20 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at the same 1 1/16-mile distance over the New Orleans oval.

  • Friesan Fire leads all the way in the Louisiana Handicap.

    No Catching Friesan Fire in Louisiana 'Cap

    Favored Friesan Fire scored his first victory since romping in last spring's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) when he led all the way to take the $72,750 Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds by 1 3/4 lengths Jan. 23.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen

    Champion Trainer: Steve Asmussen

    Back-to-back Eclipse Awards for trainer of Rachel Alexandra and grade I winner Kodiak Kowboy, Hot Dixie Chick; led nation with $21.8 million in earnings

  • Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare to top the leading earners list.<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%3D8609665%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Girl Power: Females Rule 2009 Earnings List

    For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company.

  • Friesan Fire Third in Fair Grounds Allowance

    Friesan Fire, sent off as the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finished third in a Fair Grounds allowance contest in his first race back since the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Grade II winner Friesan Fire.

    Friesan Fire Returns to Races at Fair Grounds

    Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who finished 18th of 19 as the 7-2 favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is one of six horses entered in the Dec. 3 feature at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Super Saver romped to a five-length victory over William's Kitten in stakes-record time to win the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Super Win in Kentucky Jockey Club

    WinStar Farm's Super Saver romped to a five-length victory over William's Kitten in stakes-record time to win the $191,250 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs Nov. 28.

  • Haynesfield pulls away to take the Discovery.<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%3D8646330%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haynesfield Impressive Discovery 'Cap Winner

    Racing in graded stakes company for the first time since disappointing in the Gotham (gr. III) this spring, Haynesfield looked like a completely different 3-year-old this time around, as he took over approaching the quarter-pole and easily repelled odds-on favorite Gone Astray to win the $103,500 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) by 4 1/2 lengths Nov. 21 at Aqueduct.

  • Thisskyhasnolimit scores an upset victory in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Iroquois Opens Up for Thiskyhasnolimit

    Overlooked Thiskyhasnolimit drove four wide through the homestretch under Shaun Bridgmohan to register his first stakes win by one length in the $120,800 Iroquois (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs Nov. 1.