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Rachel Upset Again!

30 April 2010: Unrivaled Belle with Kent Desormeaux up just gets up at the wire to upset favorite Rachel Alexandra with Calvin Borel up in the G2 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

The venue changed from Fair Grounds to Churchill Downs, and the rival changed from Zardana to Unrivaled Belle, but in the end Rachel Alexandra fell a head short for the second consecutive time.


Rachel Alexandra, once again, was made a heavy favorite as bettors expected the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro to regain her 2009 Horse of the Year form in today's La Troienne at Churchill Downs, but it was not meant to be. This time around it was Unrivaled Belle who outdueled Rachel Alexandra.


Rachel Alexandra went to the lead early along with D. Wayne Lukas' Be Fair to establish a fairly leisurely early pace getting the first quarter mile in 24 3/5 and the opening half mile in 48 4/5. Jockey Calvin Borel had a hold on Rachel Alexandra who was loping along through those soft early fractions. Unsurprisingly the slow pace caused the field to be fairly bunched early with Zardana Unrivaled Belle, and Distinctive Dixie stalking the leaders, and Morena just a few lengths back at the tail end of the small pack.

As they rounded the turn for home Rachel Alexandra and Unrivaled Belled began to seperate from the pack, as Zardana and Be Mine threw in the towel. Morena was picking up the pieces for third while Unrivaled Belle battled Rachel Alexandra for the win. At the sixteenth pole the pair was even, with both contenders under heavy drives. At the line it was clear that, for the second straight time, Rachel Alexandra would come home second best at extremely short odds.


Unrivaled Belle notched her second straight graded stakes win in the La Troienne after taking the Grade III Rampart at Gulfstream Park in March. The grey or roan filly is by superstar stallion Unbridled's Song and is out of the Bertrando mare Queenie Belle. Kent Desormeaux was the winning jockey, and Bill Mott the winning trainer. Unrivaled Belle covered the 1 1/16 mile distance of the La Troienne in 1:42.97.

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David has it correctly. If a horse will not rate well, they wil spit the bit if held back too much,
It's pretty simple...the filly wants her head and wants to go 46 and change or 47 flat. The 48 and 4 stuff allows other horses to be close who finish stronger than she does. She doesn't have an explosive turn of foot. You have to realize, when she goes 46 and 3 a horse has to go 48 and change just to be within ten lengths. They need to stop trying to make her rate and stop taking away her greatest weapon.
Rachel need Goggles. Trip handicap her last two and she turns her head to the right to get a gapping view of the winner to her outside of both races. Head not straight-on, as this philly shifts her body to her right toward her outside opponen Maybe it's too lonesome at the top (of the stretch). It's not Borel making her head go to the right and moving out toward the horse to her right. Goggles next time. Might even get a price at even money.
Humphrey - you got that right!
One more time and they won't use the description that she was UPSET any longer.
I am happy that Rachel A is back
grey32 thank you for saying what I was thinking. ~~~~ always a RA fan!!
I'm sure for the next race Rachel will be 93.5674% to 94.1298 % fit in Jackson's opinion...we'll just have to wait for his press conference.
medlocke - do you work at stupid or is it a gift??? Has your dumb butt ever been on a horse, a race track, ever saddled a horse, mucked a stall, gotten you dumb little hands dirty. The good filly that had one great season, listen TOOL, every trainer, owner, jockey, fan would love to have a good filly with one great season JUST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE. Get a clue or shut UP. Your are just an annoying know it all, that know nothing!!!
Rachel fought hard to the end in both 2010 starts and seemingly still has a will to win but she has lost her explosiveness/brilliance. She is definitely a shadow of her old self.
  • medlocke · So I ask you? Was that grueling campaign in 2009 really worth it? Because now, Jess Jackson has turned this filly into a horse that's struggling to beat what's not much more than allowance company. · 1581 days ago
I kind of felt bad for everyone at the Racino today. They were all in on RA, the place went silent when she was overtaken by UB. Only a few cheers from the regulars when she placed, they knew to bet against. I stayed away and just sat back and watched. Whenever there is a 1-5 FAV, its almost cliche that they will lose. But Rachel still looked off, nothing like what I witnessed live last summer at Saratoga and Monmouth. Maybe the layoff and her blistering schedule last season took something out of her. Her last 3 Beyers are decling 116-109-100, which I usually don't like but those numbers crazy, 116 come on. But there more thats goes into a Beyer than winning a race we all know, so I don't whats wrong. Desormeaux had a hell of trip and won derserving.
  • medlocke · Unless that 1-5 favorite happens to be named Zenyatta. Then it's a given that she'll win!!! Or at least it has been a given 16 straight times. · 1581 days ago
Rachel Alexandra, IMO, has never been anything more than a good filly that had one great season, in 2009. But that grueling 2009 campaign look's as if it's starting to show tell-tell sign's on her. In the New Orleans Ladies, Jackson said she was only about 75 or 80%. But if she truly was as great as Jess Jackson would like us to believe, shouldn't 80% Rachel been enough to still have beaten a far inferior group of fillies? Now, all this week on racing web-sites, we've read about what bullet workouts she turned in at Churchill Downs. She was ready for this race. But again, she wasn't able to keep herself from being headed at the line by Unrivaled Belle. A good filly in her own right. But is she really so good that the greatest thing since sliced bread wonder filly couldn't beat her? Any potential race that could or would have ever happened between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta has now lost any and all luster. It would be laughable to put Rachel on the same track against Zenyatta now. With the two efforts I've seen so far from Rachel in 2010, I'm not sure Zenyatta would have to break out of any more than an exercise canter, like she ran the Apple Blossom, to beat her either. LOL. TJMO.

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