Rachel Alexandra eyeing a return

April 25, 2010

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra could be heading back to work.

Owner Jess Jackson is considering running the 4-year-old filly in the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes on Friday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Rachel Alexandra, who won last year's Preakness, hasn't run since finishing second to Zardana in the New Orleans Ladies on March 13, a performance that ended plans for her to meet unbeaten mare Zenyatta at the Apple Blossom.

The La Troienne is a 11/16-mile race for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up. The race is the day before the Kentucky Derby, and on the undercard of the Kentucky Oaks, which Rachel Alexandra won by a record 20 1/4 lengths last year.

"Right now we're pointing there," Jackson said in a release. "We'd like it to be."

Jackson says he'll wait to see how Rachel Alexandra recovers from a light workout Monday before making a decision. She posted a blistering six-furlong workout last Monday, covering the distance in 1 minute, 11.40 seconds.

"Churchill is her favorite track and she's surely giving us every sign of being ready to run," Jackson said.

DERBY TRIAL: Hurricane Ike roared to the lead at the top of the stretch then pulled away to win the $200,000 race at Churchill Downs.

Hurricane Ike, ridden by Calvin Borel and trained by John Sadler, beat Aikenite by 23/4 lengths to win for the first time on dirt. The 3-year-old colt covered the one-turn mile in 1:36.35 and paid $13.80, $5.60 and $3.

WITHERS STAKES: Afleet Again pulled off the upset in the $147,000 race for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

The 24-1 gray colt trained by Robert Reid Jr. rallied down the center of the track to beat Ibboyee by 11/2 lengths.

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