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Rachel Proves Best in Lady's Secret

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 weight.”


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 winner.


“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.



 

 

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she is a real nice filly but she is no RUFFIAN.
The 105 seems more like it. Rachel hardly gave a "wow"effort from a visual standpoint.
That just shows you what crap the Beyer Speed Figure is. Are you kidding me? And Devil May Care got a 96! That's crazy. I just looked they corrected it to a 105 speed figure for the effort.
Just read on the DRF site that Rachel Alexandra received a 110 Beyer Speed Figure for her Lady's Secret win.
Lugging in late might be a concern as she did NOT look comfortable.

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