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Rachel Alexandra’s full sister, Samantha Nicole, 2nd in debut


Samantha Nicole, a full sister to the 2009 Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra, finished second in her career debut today at Fair Grounds. Running for the familiar connections of Stonestreet Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen, the bay filly broke poorly under rider, Rosie Napravnik, and tracked the field back in last for the first part of the maiden race, before mounting a rally from the outside. Finishing with good energy, she was no match for the winner, but easily beat the rest to gain the place as the 1-2 favorite. 

Meanwhile, the winner, Handmade was making her third start for trainer Neil Howard and looked good in winning off by 6 1/2 lengths as the 5-2 second choice. Final time for the 1 mile and 70 yards was 1:45.00. The three-year-old homebred daughter of Candy Ride, for owner Will Farish, exploited the advantage of having two races under her belt, including a good second place finish over this same trip last time. While all eyes were on Rachel’s little sister going in, it appears this one may be one to watch, as well.

As for Samantha Nicole, the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro looked a little too full of herself before the race, and the bad beginning from the gate was no way to expect to be a first-out winner. Having said that, the 2012 Keeneland November sales purchase of $700,000 got herself back into the race nicely on the backstretch. Her long, smooth stride looked good coasting into contention on the far turn. While she had no answers for the winner at the top of the lane, the fact that she kept running on well down the stretch is a good sign. 

With a better break alone, she should be tough to deny in her next start against maidens, and any improvement after that, could move her towards being a nice filly. 

Obviously the 6 1/2-length loss was not what Rachel maniacs were looking for, but overall, it was a decent debut to the first son or daughter of Lotta Kim to race since Rachel Alexandra retired in 2010. Keep in mind, her soon to be Hall of Fame full sister, five years her senior, did not win her first career start either. 


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Older Comments about Rachel Alexandra’s full sister, Samantha Nicole, 2nd in debut...

Yes. She's an intelligent rider, just not physically strong enough.
You mean because she can't control pretty much all the older stallions she rides?
Rosie's rides sometimes really annoy me.
...but worse than most
The jockey really is only part of it, Rosie Napravnik, is one hell of a rider, as good as some of the boys.
After what she overcame, I have faith that she'll come back a winner next out.
So much depends on the jockey.
It look like she wasn't sure what she needed to do. She figured it out at the top of the stretch. I think she did well and showed lots of potental. Let's remember she's Rachel's sister not Rachel Alexandria.
"Mrs. Sullivan had 8 sons, and only 1 John L." Old saying, but, I believe Sam has plenty to show us in the future.
She showed a lot of courage and hustle after being bounced around at the start and a terrible trip. For a beginner to overcome what she did and still get up for second was a good sign. Look forward to watching her mature into a successful runner.
No, we can't compare siblings. I do believe this little sibling will show us a thing or two. I won't be surprised if her next race is a winner. Her next race will be the one to watch.
Pretty good first start considering the awkward break and the inexperience getting into her stride. Samantha Nicole got running down the stretch.
what we now know of epigenetics the EXPRESSED genome of this animal could be NIGHT and DAY to the sibling
You can't get too excited about full siblings, but she looked good, despite the start. Want i wanted to see was does she have talent and does she have an interest. She definitely has an interest in racing, time will tell just how talented she is.


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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
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