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Rachel Alexandra wins the 2009 Preakness

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Rachel Alexandra Retired

Date: 09/28/2010

2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, whose undefeated 3-year-old season included wins in the Kentucky Oaks, Preakness, Haskell, and Wooward, has been retired according to a press release today from majority owner Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stable. She will go to his farm and be bred to their stallion 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin.

Her 2010 campaign has not lived up to expectations with two wins and three seconds in her five starts. Jess Jackson said, "As you know, despite top training and a patient campaign, Rachel Alexandra did not return to her 2009 form. I believe it's time to retire our Champion and reward her with a less stressful life. We are delighted that she will retire healthy and happy to our beautiful farm in Kentucky. Rachel Alexandra owes us nothing. As a 3-year-old, she set standards and records that no filly before her ever achieved. And I suspect it will be quite a while before a three year old filly ever equals or surpasses her achievements. Although her fans were thrilled by a series of spectacular victories, I believe they, as we, were simply awed time and again by her sheer beauty, courage and athleticism."

Rachel Alexandra wins the 2009 Haskell Invitational

Rachel Alexandra's 2009 campaign was a perfect 8 wins in 8 starts with earnings of over $2.7 million. She won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths then went on to beat the Kentucky| Derby winner in the Preakness, becoming the first filly to win both those races. She went on to beat the colts again in the Haskell Invitational, where she beat the Belmont Stakes winner, then beat older males in the Woodward at Saratoga. Off the track, she helped raise money for cancer research, education and other charitable causes.

Her trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I have been blessed to have been part of history. We are all very fortunate that Rachel carried the banner following Curlin's amazing success story. The fans adored her, we all did. She had the most fluid and beautiful stride of any horse I have every seen. It's been quite a ride."

Jackson added, "On behalf of my partner Hal McCormick, I want to thank Steve Asmussen, Scott Blasi and the entire Asmussen Racing team for their immense contributions to Rachel's success story. And last but far from least let me thank the great Calvin Borel. Now we are looking to the future. We are eager to introduce Rachel to Curlin. Imagine what possibilities those two super horses might produce."

Rachel Alexandra wins the 2010 Fleur de Lis Handicap

Alex Waldrop, President and CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association commented, "Rachel Alexandra waged a three-year-old campaign that was nothing short of historic-both for its flawlessness and its ambition. We commend all those who played such a large part in her greatness, most notably co-owners Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick, trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Calvin Borel. Rachel Alexandra provided countless thrills to fans all around the world, and all of us now undoubtedly look forward to the racing exploits of her offspring."

Rachel Alexandra Stats:

Trainer:   Steve Asmussen
Jockey:   Calvin Borel
Foaling Date:   1-29-2006
Pedigree:   Medaglia d'Oro - Lotta Kim by Roar
Dosage Profile:   3-2-7-2-0
Dosage Index/CD:   1.55   0.43
Best Beyer Figure:   116 (in the Haskell)

Rachel Alexandra wins the 2010 Lady's Secret Stakes
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