Three days after after making horse racing history by winning over older males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, the 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra, while tired, appeared no worse for the wear according to race horse trainer Steve Asmussen. “She ran hard, cooled out, drank plenty of water,” Steve Asmussen said. “She’s a professional. She puts in the work. That’s what gives you so much confidence about her. She doesn’t just take the day off.”
Filly Rachel Alexandra, who will continue racing at age 4, likely clinched Horse of the Year honors with the eighth win and third over males in an undefeated season. Her streak includes wins against 3-year-old colts in the Preakness and the Haskell Invitational and against 3-year-old fillies in the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose Stakes. Principal owner Jess Jackson last week raised the possibility that the Woodward would be filly Rachel Alexandra’s last race of the year.
The other possibility is a meeting with the undefeated 5-year-old mare Zenyatta, who is based in California and is being pointed toward the Breeder’s Cup, Nov. 6-7. at Santa Anita Park. I can’t wait. I hope she races. One big problem though.
Filly Rachel Alexandra will likely not compete at in the Breeder’s Cup 2009 because of Jess Jackson’s dislike for the synthetic racing surfaces in place at Santa Anita and other California racetracks. “She’s run more races than Zenyatta’s run, and Zenyatta’s a 5-year-old,” Jess Jackson said. “You can’t expect a youngster–she’s only 3 and she just ran against older horses–to keep going all the time. You have to give them a break, and we’ll talk that over very seriously.”
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