'Rachel' Ready To Race The Boys

Horse Racing


Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra is ready to run against the boys again, and that might mean a little more thoroughbred racing history is at hand.

"I expect the best is yet to come," co-owner Jess Jackson said last week in the buildup to today's $1.25 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Officials hope for a record crowd of more than 53,000 when the filly takes on Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird and five other fellas in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds. Rachel Alexandra is the 4-5 morning-line favorite.

Jackson said there would be no embarrassment if his filly finished second in the Haskell, but winning would enhance her place in history.

"We've already proven we can run against colts, and I would hope that she would perform well in this race," he said. "And if she should win, I think it just lengthens her legacy and claim to be one of the best of her generation."

Trainer Steve Asmussen won't even say she's the best 3-year-old - male or female.

"I'm glad I'm on her side," the trainer said. "I'm not judging anyone else's horse."

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