Jess Jackson, co-owner of Rachel Alexandra, released the following statement this morning regarding the brilliant filly, who is undoubtedly on her way to winning Horse of the Year:
“We have seen an amazing 2009 campaign from Rachel Alexandra our
three year old filly. She not only beat the fillies by 20 lengths in the
Kentucky Oaks and 19 lengths in the Mother Goose Stakes, she beat the
boys in the Preakness and the Haskell, and older males in the Woodward.
She beat the winners of the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont. Rachel
raced on eight different tracks.
She prevailed in all eight of her races in 09 — five of them Grade 1
contests. Hers was a campaign for the ages beyond what any filly has
ever accomplished and she is only three years old. Our family and
racing fans will always remember and enjoy her historic 2009 campaign.
Today, I am formally announcing our decision to conclude Rachel’s
2009 Campaign and allow her to mature naturally. She has moved to
Churchill Downs for a well-deserved rest.
We are all looking forward to an exciting 2010 season. In the interim,
I want to sincerely thank the fans, the track officials and the media
for all their heartfelt support of this wonderful filly.”
There is still a chance that Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta could hook up before the latter’s retirement to the breeding shed. The Zenyatta camp has said there’s a possibility she could race once or twice early in 2010 before the breeding season begins.
“If everything goes well and Zenyatta is OK, I don’t necessarily think the Breeders’ Cup will be her last race,” trainer John Shirreffs said this week. “As for how many races she runs after that, I don’t know because of the breeding season, but there’s always a possibility (for a Rachel-Zenyatta showdown).”
Shirreffs went on to say that he knows Jackson and Jerry Moss, owner of Zenyatta, talked at last month’s Keeneland September yearling sale, but that he didn’t know the full extent of the conversation.