Rachel Alexandra was back in Oceanport on Saturday afternoon
and did not disappoint the nearly 13,000 fans who showed up to see the reigning
Horse of the Year dominate her rivals in the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes.
Wagering on the card totaled $11,421,794, a new record for Monmouth Park
outside of a Breeders’ Cup or Haskell Day in track history. The previous mark
of $9,787,620 was set on July 3rd this year.
Rachel, who did not have an anxious moment the whole way, sat off the early
pace set by Queen Martha, who went the opening quarter in :23 4/5 and the
half-mile in :47 4/5. The champion moved on the leader as they hit the six
furlong mark in 1:12 1/5 before Rachel assumed command entering the stretch and
widening her advantage to three lengths at the wire. She stopped the timer in
1:49 3/5 for the mile and an eighth over the fast main track.
“I’m very pleased with how she went today,” said winning trainer Steve
Asmussen. “I was happy with how she looked. She was very relaxed. I love where
her mind is at right now. She’s more mature and she’s carrying a little more
Rachel Alexandra, sent off the 1-10 favorite, returned $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10
across the board and topped an $8.20 exacta. Queen Martha, who held the place,
paid $2.80 and $2.40. It was another 7 ¾ lengths back to Ask the Moon, who paid
$3.80 to show.
The Lady’s Secret Stakes was the second win this year and second in as many
tries at Monmouth
Park for Rachel
Alexandra. Last year, she dominated her male rivals in Monmouth Park’s
signature event, the Haskell Invitational, where she romped home a six-length
“She won very easily again today,” said winning rider Calvin Borel. “I let her
run a little bit in the stretch to make sure she got something out of the race,
but I think we saved a little bit in the tank for next time.
“It was great to be back at Monmouth. The fans really love Rachel here.”
A 4-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro from the Roar mare Lotta Kim, Rachel
Alexandra now sports a record of 13-4-0 from 18 starts. She has earned
$3,446,730 for her connections.