Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta lead the list of 45 fillies and mares
that have been nominated to the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Invitational at
Oaklawn Park on April 9. If the two champions run in the mile and a
eighth race, the purse will be worth $5 million.
The field will be limited to 10 horses if both Rachel Alexandra and
Zenyatta start in the Apple Blossom. The balance of the gate will be
made up of fillies and mares who are extended a formal invitation on
March 24. From there, pre-entries to the Apple Blossom will be taken
March 26, with final entries for the race to be drawn April 6.