The sensational Rachel Alexandra, who counts a record 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks and a win over the boys in the Preakness Stakes among her impressive accomplishments in 2009, worked four furlongs in 49.80 seconds at Churchill Downs this morning in preparation for Saturday’s $300,000 Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
“The filly went beautiful this morning,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “She looked very happy. Scott (assistant trainer Scott Blasi) and Dominic (exercise rider Dominic Terry) have done a great job keeping her happy.”
Rachel Alexandra, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who has won 8 of 11 lifetime for earnings of $1,618,354, set fractions over a fast main track of :13, :25 and :37.40. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.40.
The Mother Goose will be Rachel Alexandra’s first race since the Preakness. It’s a 1 1/8-mile test against other 3-year-old fillies and is expected to attract graded stakes winners like Justwhistledixie and Don’t Forget Gil. Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to ship to New York on Tuesday morning and will be an overwhelming favorite to win the race.
“That’s why they’re Grade I’s,” Asmussen said. “We’re not looking to trade her with anyone.”