Friday, June 26, 2015
It seems like just yesterday that Rachel Alexandra scorched the earth one early summer afternoon at Belmont Park. The occasion was the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, and the specifics of the performance included a 19 ¼-length winning margin, and a final time of 1:46.33 for nine furlongs. All this while under wraps late, in what was her first appearance removed from becoming the first female to win the Preakness in nearly a century. Today may not have been the anniversary of her Mother Goose tour de force, but it was only 24 hours shy of six years to the day when Rachel made a lasting impression in what would be her only lifetime start at Big Sandy. So the timing of today’s game and gritty win by her full sister, Samantha Nicole, in her first start at Belmont, seemed quite appropriate.