When will it happen?
Everyone I know was greatly disappointed this past July when Rachel Alexandra did not race in Saratoga.
Instead, she would take part in the Lady’s Secret Stakes.
Rachel Alexandra won easily and offered little excitement or thrill as it was a completely one-sided affair.
But maybe one can still have the showdown that everyone is waiting for.
Experts are predicting Zenyatta Rachel Alexandra could happen at the Personal Ensign Stakes late August.
If so, I’ll be glued to my TV…and betting a bundle.
The Zenyatta vs. Rachel Alexandra at the Personal Ensign Stakes in late August is expected to pull in large crowds.
Neither parties have made official announcements as yet but Personal Ensign seems to be the likely destination for both the star horses.
Rachel Alexandra’s latest start was at the Lady’s Secret Stakes which was run over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. In contrast, Zenyatta is perfectly at ease over the 10 furlong distance.
Zenyatta would have had the obvious advantage on a longer track but Rachel Alexandra’s trainers have been trying to level the playing field.
Zenyatta may have an advantage of running longer distances but Rachel Alexandra has more experience on dirt than Zenyatta. Personal Ensign is a 1 ¼ miles dirt track and would give no clear advantage to either filly if they do face off over there.
Zenyatta’s next start is expected to be at Del Mar before the 29th August Personal Ensign Stakes. Zenyatta is in complete form as she has won the Clement L Hirsch Stakes for the last two years now and this year’s event is scheduled for August 7. Zenyatta’s trainers and owners expressed reservations about the track surface at Del Mar. Despite the efforts, no final decision has been made as yet.
Rachel’s trainers might want to have her at Personal Ensign but it’s not clear if they would let her race against Zenyatta.
Many believe that even if the reigning horse of the year, Rachel Alexandra, was scheduled for Personal Ensign, she might be pulled out of the race if the undefeated Zenyatta shows up.
So what do YOU think?
Or Rachel A.?