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Don't forget about Rachel Alexandra

The very best horses are sometimes caught up in a loud buzz of bright lights while performing and lost in a quiet pre-dawn darkness upon retirement.

Back many years, Simon and Garfunkel sang “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” Today that line might be better stated: “Where have you gone, Rachel Alexandra?”

With all the Zenyatta craze about her pending match made in heaven with Bernardini, Rachel Alexandra has been almost forgotten. Well, almost.


Horse of the Year in 2009, she will soon be in foal to multi-stakes winner and two-time HOY Curlin. The prom queen will this month trot to the big dance with her king in a match that fits like a glove...


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Rachel has not gone anywhere, Rachel is on the farm and she is getting ready to be bred to Curlin. I know this may seem like its different to some people but this is the norm. MOST and let me restate this very strongly, 99.9 percent of throughbreds do not do well with dealing with crowds of people and them touching on them and being paraded in the same way that Zenyatta was, Zenyatta is a very special horse whose temperment allows this. 99.9 Percent of these horses are high strung, and do not in anyway do well at all with people pushing up on them. What some have to recognize is that although Zenyatta was really calm around the small groups that the Moss's brought around her we saw by means of her dance (or nervous energy) that she showed before races. People tried to act like this was a dance, it wasnt it was a nervous mare trying to keep it together. Rachel's people have done whats best for this mare. People thought they should have paraded her during the BC, its hard to let a horse down from being so high strung and then bring the horse back and put her in front of 72,000 people. Every owner does whats right by their horse please allow Jess Jackson to do whats right by Rachel. There will be information released on her from time to time. It just is what it is folks. Never forget "Rachel Alexandra the Great"
Totally Agree 12 Clip, we've never seen anything comparable to the campaign that she ran in, look at the record of the rest of the good or possibly great fillies and mares out there have a hard time matching up, look at the past 20 years and there is not much of a list of american fillies and mares with more than 1 win against males. Name the fillies and mares that took on older males and won at a route on dirt. That’s saying something and yes the final time of 1:46.33 and 1:47.10 in those 9f races are ridiculous fast, and without any pressure in either race, she was cruising in the Haskell and in hand in the Mother Goose. She was really something special.
Sorry Rossington, but I'm gonna have to say Icyhotboo just schooled you. Look at Rachel's final times and that is the true tale of the tape. Had she run int he Derby and even ran her final eighth in 13.0 she would have spanked Mine that Bird by 5 lengths, in the Derby.
yeah the attacks are rude, just need to remember liking a horse better is not an attack. i like rachel better, for one she got me into horse racing. i am sure some z fans like zenyatta better becuase she got them into racing.or for whatever reason we just know both are great horses.
Don' t understand it either,foot, very sad ending to a fantastic (short) career by a brilliant filly. All I can do is give her 10s and keep searching for info on her:)
I'm going to say the same thing I said about Zenyatta. Quit attacking and move on people. Both horses are worthy of their accolades. What gets me sad is a horse like Dark Mirage never getting her due. Wonder why that is?.
With all the 'Hooplah' still surrounding Zenyatta, I only findrejoice in scouring Stonestreet's facebook page for Rachel's photos in the snow. There was one of her next to Hot Dixie Chick, and you could see how much taller she is than an average sized horse. Shes not Zenyatta-sized, but doesn't need to be. Shes a beast, through and through.
well said icy.
Rossington , please what nonsense you write.Macho Again and Bullsbay were good enough to beat horses by the name of Einstein and commentator BEFORE they faced rachel.after they faced her the horses that weren't put out to pasture only got a combined 3rd place between all of them.In short she ended their careers and I just ended yours...BYE
Wow. Are you "fans" ever going to grow up? It's been over a year, hearing "she's overrated" on every single blog about Rachel Alexandra is really annoying. Not to mention the people posting such nonsense prove their maturity by using words like "LOL". Nice.
I really enjoy watching the lets call them “less informed” take gigantic steps forward and then firmly plant the foot into the mouth or throat area. Lol. She beat a horse in MTB who was in career form at that particular time, Pioneer of the Nile the best the west had to offer and the rest of what that large field had to offer in the Preakness, in the Woodward she faced horses coming off Grade 1 wins in Bullsbay and Macho again. A horse’s current form cannot be overstated. More than anything though, the fact that there was only 1 filly or mare to take on the males regardless of how great or questionable they are in the last few years more than once and to never taste defeat against them. Lostington – it would be nice and well amusing if you would list from 1-5 the fillies or mares that faced males more than 1 time during a season or even career and never once tasted defeat in the last 20 years or so. I’d also like for you to list the number of 3 year old fillies that ever took on open company in a route race and won. That’s part of the problem; the attempt to bash the mare leaves you looking desperate to bring her back down to earth. Her owner did that for you by rushing her back in 2010 to try to appease people like you who wanted to see the great matchup. It was all up to Jess Jackson, no one looks back at Moss’s statement in drf in June when he said they were coming east to take Rachel down. No one called Jerry Moss out because he’s so likeable and cowardice all at the same time. Where is that call out. Why is it only 1 mare took on males over and over again? Again during a 3 year old season, not 4, not 5, but 3, you people cease to amaze me. Lossington - Please feel free to post your two list for all to see, dont worry, we'll wait.
Please, LOL. Overrated cannot be over-stated. Rachel Alexandra beat one, let say that again, ONE, meaningful colt in her 3yr.old season. That was Summer Bird in the Haskell Invitational. When she faced Macho Again and Bullsbay in the Woodward, both of those horses were already starting on a downward spiral. As evidenced by Macho Again never hit the board again in any of his final races after the Woodward. Bullsbay went 5 straight races post-Woodward finishing between 4th and 9th place. Rachel Alexandra was a good filly. But hardly great. A touch overrated given the male competition she faced. JMO.
I was there also with a large group of friends some of them trainers and we were sick after watchig him gut that beautiful filly.All the rides he ever made can't make up for that one.
icyhotboo Its nice to be on the exact same page as you for once. Looking at how the race set up coming out of the 3 with the speed that she had around her and knowing that they were all sending their horses who would have been worried about her being boxed when you think about it. If she would have been able to break the gates like she always did they would have flown past her in an attempt to do exactly what happened. Speed on the inside with D’tara drawing the rail he was done after ½ mile, Past the Point done after ¾ of a mile, had he steered her outside out of the gate and taken back 3 they would have been up there beating each other to death and would have stayed for a mile, and then backed up and she would have went on to win like she did in the Haskell. I really, really like the emotion and courage of Borel, he is a world class rider, but just like all humans we make mistakes and he thought she was the second coming of Secretariat and in the victories in which he rode her as he should she showed signs of that, but when he put pressure on her early, naturally a horse no matter how great is going to back up in the last 1/16th of a mile. I’ll take his MW, FGO, Fantasy, Ky Oaks, MG & Haskell rides any day of the week, his ride in the Preakness and Woodward, bush league at best, it was as if he were down in Louisiana in the chute match races he was used to, battling a sprinter in BD, why, battling grade III horses in D’tara and Past the Point. That’s 1 thing I will say about Mike Smith, and some others, be emotional after the race, don’t allow emotion to take over during the race to the detriment of your horse. We will never again see a season like the one we saw from Rachel, by any 3 year old male or female, but even more so we’ll never ever see a performance like that of the filly, and I was there live to see it, it will always be the most impressive horse racing performance I’ve ever witnessed live.
Calvn Borel gave her a career ending ride becase penchant for having the rail.He could have laid three back off the pace and cruised home.I would have loved to see that moron ride against Baeza,cordero,etc.He would have rode the rail once and got slammed into it.anyone with a decent horse who lets him get the ride is a fool.
How much would Rachel have loved the runway that is Santa Anita, I could see her running 9f there in 1:45 1/5, ears pricked and looking for something to keep her mind on. She was that amazing in 2009, I dont blame the connections or the jockey for what happened in the Woodward, there were few options, take out and control the race, or run a race similar to the one run by Curlin in the Stephen Foster, Boxed all the way around with a huge target on his back, Curlin was huge and could deal with that, Rachel was a filly and really didnt need that, that race took more out of her than she ever wanted and she wasnt the same coming back in 2010, too bad they rushed her to make the Apple Blossom, things could have been different but the ride she provided for 18 months is something NO ONE will ever forget.
eased? lol It looked to me like Calvin almost came to a ded stop to look back and had her turned almost sideways
Don't forget she was being eased, and was less than a second off Secretariat's Belmont record!
Rachel Alexandria had the best three year-old- season, I've ever seen by a filly. The way she smashed that field in the Kentucky Oaks, was almost Secretariat like in the Belmont. Then to go to the Preakness, and beat Derby winner Mine That Bird, was extraordinary! She then trounced Summer Bird in the Haskell, and became the only female to ever win the Woodward Stakes.Oh and also in there was the 19 length victory in the Mother Goose at Belmont. The way she ran in the Oaks and Mother Goose, makes me think she may have been good enough to win the Triple Crown that year. We'll never know, but if you look how dominating her performances were at Churchill and Belmont, one can't help but wonder, what if?
Impossible to forget the filly that ran the greatest single campaign of any femalte in modern racing history!

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