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2009 Triple Crown Contenders

Rachel Alexandra

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
2008 Record:   6 Starts: 3 - 1 - 0, $201,440
Best Beyer Figure:   108
Note:   As a 2-year-old she only raced in Kentucky, breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs, winning an allowance at Keeneland, and finishing 2nd in two stakes and winning her final start of 2008 in the Golden Rod, all at Churchill Downs. Won her 2009 debut in the Martha Washington at Oaklawn, then won the Fair Grounds Oaks, and the Fantasy back at Oaklawn. Was a heavy favorite in the Kentucky Oaks and did not disappoint, winning by a record 20 1/4 lengths (photo at right).

Purchased from her original owners, Mike Lauffer and Dolphus Morrison, by Stonestreet Stable on May 6, 2009, for an undisclosed amount and moved from the barn of trainer Hal Wiggins to Steve Asmussen. They paid the $100,000 supplement fee to run her in the Preakness and she did not disappoint, taking the lead shortly after the start and never looking back. After much consideration, on May 29 they finally announced their decision to skip the Belmont. Majority owner Jess Jackson said, "Since March 14, Rachel has won four graded races with just two weeks rest between her last two victories. We will always put her long-term well-being first. And, of course, we want to run her when she is fresh."

Her next start was the Mother Goose Stakes on June 27, where only 2 overmatched fillies ran against her. She drew off to win easily by 19 1/4 lengths in stakes record time of 1:46.33, only 0.93 seconds off Secretariat's track record.

Rachel returned to the track in the Haskell Invitational where she ran off to win by 6 lengths over Belmont winner Summer Bird. They didn't say where she was going next, only that she wasn't going to the Breeders' Cup.

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