So, the “Race for the Ages” is off, and Jess Jackson says they now
regret rushing Rachel Alexandra
to make the New Orleans Ladies. When a horse
doesn’t work for five months, it’s usually more than the weather that is
to blame. It was obvious watching Rachel on Saturday that this was not
the same filly we saw last year, at least not right now.
It wasn't that she was beaten as much as the manner in which she was
beaten. She actually ran to her last six-furlong work, which was totally
out of character for her. The warning signs from that work carried over
into the race, and one could deduce from Steve Asmussen’s comments that
there were major concerns going into this race. There was a reason
Asmussen put a figure-8 bridle on her, and to me she didn’t look as
comfortable during the race as she did in her races last year and never
exuded that feeling of dominance.