2009 Kentucky Oaks (G1)

5/1/2009, Churchill Downs
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
3 F

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Kentucky Oaks (G1)...

As the Kentucky Derby of 2009 approached, the trainer of my top ranked three-year-old made it clear that the horse’s owner had no interest in running his star in the Run for the Roses. I was disappointed that Hal Wiggins was so matter of fact in relaying the adamant wishes of Dolphus Morrison, but i...Read More
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  • SSilence86 · We likely won't see a performance like this anytime soon.. I look at my Fred Stone portrait of Rachel every day. She's what brought me back to horse racing when I had started drifting away from it. Thank you Rachel. · 349 days ago ·
  • LAZMANNICK · Nice article Brian. · 349 days ago ·
Brian Zipse explains why Rachel Alexandra will always be his favorite ... Read More
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  • travel_vic · Woodward: watch a good one almost flogged to death right before your eyes...Statement is NOT mine but from a friend who was there.................But I agree wholeheartedly. · 413 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · I can just imagine what her flank looked like back in the test barn. · 413 days ago ·
Nothing can compare to the fire that Rachel Alexandra sparked in 2009. The passion she stirred was incredible, and even in retirement, she still manages to bring forth love and compassion from her fans.Read More
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  • travel_vic · One was a phenom, 3 time horse of the yaer, extremely fast and a weight carrier, the other had ONE good season · 426 days ago ·
  • dani.pugh · I never said she was better. I said she had fight. She always did have fight, no matter when winning or losing. No matter if it was on the track or no in retirement. The point was not to say she was better, which i never did, it was to highlight that she is a fighter and always has been. If you wish to debate merits do it somewhere else, start your own thread if you like. But this is not the article for it. Have a good day. · 426 days ago ·
The year 2009 will best be remembered as it pertains to the Kentucky Oaks by Rachel Alexandra’s jaw-dropping 20 ¼ length victory, but one other very significant ritual was inaugurated for the 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks. The Survivors Parade: a heartwarming march down the homestretch and past...Read More
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  • KyOaksRunner · It's going to be a fantastic race, and what a great field entered in a race that honors one of the greatest 3-year-old fillies of all time. I think Kathmanblu is the class of the field though Inglorious is pretty intriguing. · 1157 days ago ·
  • WoodbineMile · I am picking my hometown Filly INGLORIOUS! · 1115 days ago ·
I had the great fortune of meeting Hal Wiggins in 1989 at Louisiana Downs when I was a young man trying to find my way in the horse business. My first impression then is the same as now: Hal is one of the greatest guys horse racing has ever known.Read More
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission reported May 11 that testing associated with this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has been completed and there were no medication violations.Read More
First of all, congratulations to Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro) and all her connections for an outstanding Oaks performance. If you haven't watched the replay yet, what's wrong with you?Read More
In one of the most dominant performances in race history, Rachel Alexandra cruised to a 201/4-length victory under a hand ride in the 135th running of the Grade I $500,000 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.“She’s just getting better and better,” winning trainer Hal Wiggins said. “All of her races thi...Read More
OK, I'm trying this Bravo business, but I'm flipping back and forth between that and HRTV. I'm afraid the montage of women in hats did not appeal to me. I'm so not good at being a girl. I will sayRead More
Heavy favorite Rachel Alexandra tracked pacesetter Gabby's Golden Girl and took over without being asked en route to a blowout victory in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. Read More
Multiple graded stakes winner Justwhistledixie was a late scratch from the Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Friday afternoon because of a foot injury."She took an 'off' step in her stall," McLaughlin said of Justwhistledixie. "We called the vet over and took a look at her and she was really tender in her left ...Read More
The song says the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, but there is no sun shining Kentucky Oaks morning, and the weather is the big topic of conversation.According to forecasters, the greatest chance for rain prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is the afternoon of May...Read More
Who would have thought when this blog began, that three of our Maiden Watch graduates would be vying for the lilies in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)?Read More
Rachel Alexandra is touted as a filly who would be one of the favorites in the tomorrow's Kentucky Derby. Instead, Hal Wiggins opted for the Kentucky Oaks, where she will be the overwhelming favorite, in her toughest test to date. Read More
In the opinion of her breeder and co-owner, Dolphus Morrison, Kentucky Oaks morning-line favorite Rachel Alexandra "could have been competitive" in the Run for the Roses, but he said he "didn't have a fleeting thought" of running her against the boys.“I thought it was dumb to come right behind Eight...Read More
“I decided to enter three, and what I’m going to do is put one in the gate, one at the sixteenth pole, and I’m going to put my last one on the relay up at the kitchen and hope we can finish with (Rachel), and then I’m not even sure we can get it done,” he said with a laugh.“We’re realistic. We know ...Read More
Rain is in the Louisville forecast for both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Friesan Fire, shown working for the Derby, won the Louisiana Derby over a sloppy track in the only off-track prep of the spring.Read More
"It really didn't matter, but six is fine," Wiggins said of the draw. "We don't have but two outside of us, and we can watch one or two of (trainer D. Wayne) Lukas' (horses) gun to the first turn. I'm very satisfied."Read More

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