Horse owner and breeder Jess Jackson said May 13 that entering super filly Rachel Alexandra against males in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is not a battle of the sexes but rather a sporting gesture designed to have the best horses racing against each other.
“I think the fans deserve to see the best horses compete, regardless of
sex,” Jackson said in a teleconference he arranged. “This is not about
male and female. This about the best athletes able to go two turns … We
hope this will help the fans enjoy a great sport. She is a perfect
athlete. I hope this helps revive horse racing in United States.”