Rachel drills six furlongs; Mother Goose next?

Rachel Alexandra was back on the track working out Monday morning, which means only one thing — her next race is not far away. Here’s the news release from Churchill Downs regarding the work and her possible next race:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, June 8, 2009) – Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra turned in solid six-furlong workout Monday at Churchill Downs as the team behind the 3-year-daughter of Medaglia d’Oro considers her next start.

Rachel Alexandra covered the distance over a “fast” track in 1:13.80. Regular exercise rider Dominic Terry was in the saddle as Churchill Downs clockers caught her in fractions of :13, :25.60, :37.60, :49.40 and 1:01.20. She galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28.

Trainer Steve Asmussen was happy with the move, but said there’s no decision yet from majority owner Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables regarding Rachel Alexandra’s next start.

“She went a nice, smooth three quarters,” Asmussen said. “She went beautiful, like she always does. She’s in a nice rhythm and seems very happy right now. We’ll report back to Jess and the gang and see what we do next.”

Jackson had earlier mentioned Belmont Park’s Mother Goose (GI) on Saturday, June 27 as one option for Rachel Alexandra. The Mother Goose is a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Rachel Alexandra has won six consecutive races, with her victory over Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Preakness being her latest triumph. She has a career record of 8-2-0 in 11 races and has earned $1,618,354.

2 thoughts on “Rachel drills six furlongs; Mother Goose next?

  1. I thought Zenyatta and Rachel would be contenders in
    the G1 Mother Goose
    The jockey-trainer-owners must not make the mistake
    that our hero Calvin Borel made at the Belmont
    with Summer Bird being the winner.
    The latter had a full week of practice on the track that he would be competing on and Ice monitored him every moment including the smart idea of blinders
    so Summer Bird would stop looking at the grand stand.
    These wonderful stories of horses make them true hero
    they want to please and Mine that Bird was on his own for the important time trails.

    All Horses are winners
    From Linda Truman
    Texas Racing Fillies

  2. Linda,
    The Mother Goose, scheduled for June 27 at Belmont Park, is restricted to 3-year-old fillies, so Zenyatta is ineligible to run in that race. Zenyatta is scheduled to race in the $300,000 Grade 1 Vanity Handicap that afternoon at Hollywood Park.

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