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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....
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Heavy favorite Untapable blazed to victory in the Kentucky Oaks Friday, a triumph for jockey Rosie Napravnik and controversial trainer Steve Asmussen . Napravnik kept Untapable a few paces off the lead for much of the run, then pulled away to win by 41/2 lengths. The performance didn't quite match Rachel Alexandra's 20-length win in 2009, but the even-money favorite lived up to high expectations. "She is magnificent," said Napravnik, who was plenty good herself in winning a second Oaks.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | July 24, 2010
Rachel Alexandra won the $400,000 Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park, N.J., Saturday, beating Queen Martha, who placed, and Ask the Moon, who finished 7 3/4 lengths back to show. Rachel Alexandra, who won the 2009 Preakness in Baltimore, was sent off as a 1-10 favorite and paid $2.20 to win. Saturday's win was the fillly's second this year and her second at Monmouth Park. Last year, she was a six-length winner of the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
The Kentucky Derby is the main event, but it's possible the week's dominant star turn could come in Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Untapable is an overwhelming 4-5 favorite in the $600,000 stakes for fillies, and the question around Churchill Downs hasn't been if she'll win but by how much. Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, has been here before. In 2009, he watched his filly, Rachel Alexandra, burst onto the national scene with a 20-length victory in the Oaks. Two weeks later, she beat the boys in the Preakness on her way to Horse of the Year honors.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 28, 2010
Rachel Alexandra, who in 2009 became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years, is retiring from racing, according to owner Jess Jackson. The decision to end her career comes on the heels of a disappointing 2010 season, one where she never regained the form she showed as a dominant 3-year-old, winning only two of her five races. In 2009, the filly burst onto the scene by winning the Kentucky Oaks by a record 20 lengths, a performance so impressive it had many experts surmising that she could have entered the Kentucky Derby the following day and won. Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode her to victory in the Oaks, thought so highly of her he became the first jockey in history to ride the Kentucky Derby winner and then give up that mount in the Preakness because he wanted to ride another horse.
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By The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
Typically, the biggest race at Churchill Downs other than the Kentucky Derby is the Kentucky Oaks, which is held the Friday before the Derby and features the best 3-year-old fillies in the country. Rachel Alexandra won the Oaks by more than 20 lengths a year ago, a performance that persuaded her new owners to enter her in the Preakness two weeks later. This year, the Oaks is still a big draw, but Rachel Alexandra's presence in the La Troienne, a race held hours before the Oaks, is threatening to be the most exciting race before the Derby.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | June 9, 2010
Rachel Alexandra, who won the 2009 Preakness, will run in the Grade II FleuDe Lis at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday. "Rachel Alexandra continues to turn in strong works," owner Jess Jackson said in a statement released this morning. "As long as she continues to progress, we intend to race her with the expectation that she will obtain her fitness level of last year. Our ultimate goal and hope is to enter the Breeders Cup in November." Winless in two starts this year, the reigning Horse of the Year last raced in late April, finishing second to Unrivaled Belle in the Grade II La Troienne at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend.
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By Sports Digest | January 19, 2010
Rachel Alexandra, the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness, has won the first matchup between racing's leading ladies, beating out undefeated mare Zenyatta for Horse of the Year. Voters chose the fabulous filly for the year-end honor at the Eclipse Awards on Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Rachel Alexandra received 130 votes to 99 for Zenyatta. Now the question is whether Zenyatta will get to avenge the defeat. Owners Jerry and Ann Moss announced Saturday that the mare will run as a 6-year-old, perhaps setting up that long-awaited meeting with Rachel Alexandra.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | May 10, 2009
Rachel Alexandra isn't quite in the field yet for the 134th running of the Preakness, but she does have a plane ticket to Baltimore, and her owners seem to have every expectation that she's going to run. They announced Saturday that the final decision to put her on the plane will be made in the next few days and that it's not expected until after a workout Sunday or Monday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. It's looking more like there will be...
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | May 12, 2009
There will be no collusion to keep Rachel Alexandra out of the 134th Preakness Stakes. It appears the 3-year-old filly who stormed out of the Kentucky Oaks with an aura of invincibility almost certainly will run at Pimlico on Saturday. Her path as a $100,000 supplemental entry was cleared over the weekend when Mark Allen, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, and Ahmed Zayat, owner of Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile, backed away from a plan that would have kept the likely pre-race favorite on the sideline.
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From Sun staff reports | February 17, 2013
Funny Approval went to the front and never looked back, posting an upset victory in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday. A maiden win and two allowance scores at Mountaineer Park over the off-going were the credentials Funny Approval brought to Laurel's seven-furlong Winter SprintFest fixture, leaving the daughter of Outrageouslyfunny a distinct outsider in the field of eight fillies and mares. Trainer Jose Lopez and jockey Juan Vargas were also virtual unknowns in the Mid-Atlantic region, but they won't be after Saturday.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2011
His partnership with the late Jess Jackson put George Bolton in the Triple Crown spotlight in 2007 when Curlin won the Preakness. Two years later, Bolton returned to his hometown of Baltimore to celebrate with Jackson another Preakness victory, this one by the remarkable filly Rachel Alexandra. Now Bolton wants to do it again with a colt named Astrology — after another two-year interval — and he's going to retrace as many of his steps as he can in pursuit of the 136th Preakness.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | May 10, 2011
George Bolton, who won the 2007 Preakness as co-owner of Curlin, announced today that he's bringing Astrology to the 2011 Preakness next week. It will be Astrology's third start of the year. Bolton, from Brooklandville, in Baltimore County, and Stonestreet teamed up for Curlin's thrilling victory, and Stonestreet saw success in 2009 when Rachel Alexandra became the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years. Astrology worked a strong six furlongs over a fast Churchill Downs track on Monday in 1:12.40, according to the news release that announced his decision to run in the Preakness.  Starting the year at the $800,000 Grade III Sunland Derby at Sunland Park on March 27. Astrology finished second.
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September 29, 2010
Filly Rachel Alexandra , the 2009 Horse of the Year who knocked off the Kentucky Derby winner in the Preakness and finished the year 8-0, has retired, majority owner Jess Jackson announced Tuesday. "Despite top training and a patient campaign, Rachel Alexandra did not return to her 2009 form," Jackson said in a statement. "I believe it's time to retire our champion and reward her with a less stressful life. " After winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths the day before the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Rachel Alexandra stumbled at the start of the Preakness but was good enough to beat Mine That Bird, the Derby winner, to the wire.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 28, 2010
Rachel Alexandra, who in 2009 became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years, is retiring from racing, according to owner Jess Jackson. The decision to end her career comes on the heels of a disappointing 2010 season, one where she never regained the form she showed as a dominant 3-year-old, winning only two of her five races. In 2009, the filly burst onto the scene by winning the Kentucky Oaks by a record 20 lengths, a performance so impressive it had many experts surmising that she could have entered the Kentucky Derby the following day and won. Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode her to victory in the Oaks, thought so highly of her he became the first jockey in history to ride the Kentucky Derby winner and then give up that mount in the Preakness because he wanted to ride another horse.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | July 24, 2010
Rachel Alexandra won the $400,000 Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park, N.J., Saturday, beating Queen Martha, who placed, and Ask the Moon, who finished 7 3/4 lengths back to show. Rachel Alexandra, who won the 2009 Preakness in Baltimore, was sent off as a 1-10 favorite and paid $2.20 to win. Saturday's win was the fillly's second this year and her second at Monmouth Park. Last year, she was a six-length winner of the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | May 16, 2009
When Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Chip Woolley is asked about the challenge from filly Rachel Alexandra, who has been installed as the 8-5 pre-race favorite for Saturday's 134th Preakness, he cocks his head in a questioning pose. "I don't see what the big deal is," said Woolley, whose Mine That Bird won the Derby as a 50-1 shot. "I'm not down on the filly. She's a great horse. But she's still got to run. I look at her as just another horse." He's about the only one. When Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks on May 1 by 20 1/4 lengths, she entered the consciousness of the racing public.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | June 9, 2010
Rachel Alexandra, who won the 2009 Preakness, will run in the Grade II FleuDe Lis at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday. "Rachel Alexandra continues to turn in strong works," owner Jess Jackson said in a statement released this morning. "As long as she continues to progress, we intend to race her with the expectation that she will obtain her fitness level of last year. Our ultimate goal and hope is to enter the Breeders Cup in November." Winless in two starts this year, the reigning Horse of the Year last raced in late April, finishing second to Unrivaled Belle in the Grade II La Troienne at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
The Triple Crown will have to wait another year. Lookin At Lucky pulled away from the field Saturday to win the 135th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course and ended Super Saver's bid for the first Triple Crown in 32 years. On the final turn, Lookin At Lucky made his move and raced to the finish ahead of First Dude by three-quarters of a length. A jockey change was all it took as Martin Garcia, a 25-year-old from Mexico, replaced Garrett Gomez on Lookin At Lucky and ran a flawless race.
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