Among other things, a horse race is a test of speed and class. The
Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap, the first of five graded
stakes to be contested Saturday at Churchill Downs, is about those
things, for sure.
It also is about something more. The race, not a strong betting
contest due to its short five-horse field, will further test whether
reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is back to her best or if
the champion filly, now at age 4, is past her prime.