Here is the statement released this morning by Jess Jackson, co-owner of reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra:
“Rachel Alexandra continues to turn in strong works; therefore the reigning Horse of the Year will start this Saturday, June 12, 2010 in the FleurDe Lis (GII) at Churchill Downs.
“As long as she continues to progress, we intend to race her with the expectation that she will obtain her fitness level of last year. Our ultimate goal and hope is to enter the Breeders Cup in November.”
No word on whether Calvin Borel will retain the mount on the 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly. We’ll find out later this afternoon when entries are drawn for a race that is expected to draw few entries.