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Breeders' Cup 2017

Kathmanblu Heads Rachel Alexandra Stakes

Seven 3-year-old fillies are set to match strides in Saturday’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, final designed preview of potential contestants in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks March 26. For the first time this race bears the name of the 2009 Horse of the Year and 2009 Fair Grounds Oaks winner who retired last fall.


Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu, 8 1/2-length heroine of Churchill’s Grade II Golden Rod Stakes last fall and most recently clearly the winner of Gulfstream’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes Jan. 22, is the strong 6-5 morning line favorite for the Rachel Alexandra, with French-born jockey Julien Leparoux named astride.

     [Who does Brian Appleton rate as his top Kentucky Oaks contender? Read his latest Kentucky Oaks Novel Nine blog.] 


Right Time Racing’s Bouquet Booth, winner of Fair Grounds’ $98,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 22 and Delta Downs’ Grade III Delta Princess last fall, is considered to be the main challenger at 7-2 in the early line and will have the riding services of Fair Grounds’ defending jockey champion Shaun Bridgmohan.


Others named to the Rachel Alexandra Stakes are: William Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Gran Lioness, Jamie Theriot (5-1); Courtlandt Farms’ Chloe Kate, Corey Lanerie (10-1); Donver Stable’s Inglorious, Chantel Sutherland (5-1); Kirk Robison’s Tapit Dancer, James Graham (10-1); and James Covello, Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel’s Lilacs and Lace, Mike Smith (12-1).




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KarenYe- no ignorance here. go read your post. Keep spreading negativity if it makes you feel better. Coincidence?
Ah, Ignorance is bliss with you Mr....Footlick is it? I clearly stated why [on Accident] I rated her a 1. Neither of these mares deserve a 1 for the accomplishments they've achieved, especially Zenyatta.
KarenYe- all I get from you is hatred toward Zenyatta. If you think it is funny that you gave her a 1, then you can't complain about those who gave Rachel a 1.
solution-simply put anyone ranking any one of these 1 through 6 in file 13
Besides, I'm not the first person to rate her a 1. [Even though mine was clearly an accident] Many people do it quite simply because she is too high in the ranking, shes ahead much more accomplished horses. The ranking is completely blown out of preportion because of the avid Zenyatta fans who rate horses above her down so she can be higher. So. Now that I've made my point, I wish good luck for Kthmanblu in the inaugural of the Rachel Alexandra.
@luvzenyatta - Aye, that was an accident. See my cat jumped up on my desk when I was rating her, I was going to rate her a nine but the click fell on 1. Coincidence? Definately. And I have to agree with dubby30, a person can rate whatever they like on this website. Crikey,its pretty much turned into a fan page! People rate their favorite horses high, naturally. Just like you do. BTW, I was just making a suggestion. The RA Stakes is a G3 and its brought a loaded field. The Zenyatta stakes is a G1, So I was just wondering what field it may bring.
@luvzenyatta - Not sure when it was that you became the horseracingnation moderator or director of voting, but if you could mind your business and stay focused on discussing horse racing that would be appreciated. No one cares to hear anything you have to say about how a person should vote, did you vote McCain or Obama. Dont think anyone came to your door and told you what to do at the booth. So we're all adults here in this arena, well unless you are a child, therefore act like one and just mind your business and let everyone else mind theirs. Thanx.
kathmanblu is a special filly that has a lot of pontential to be the best. she relaxes well and finishes races on cruise control. I really like her on turf better than dirt she will be awfully tough to beat this weekend. My bet $2000 to win on her nose.
Your not dealing with Canadian bred lasses anymore, power cap. I like her ... #2 on my current Queen's Plate list, but not against Kath. She's just too much filly.
  • power cap · That's why they run the races. Inglorious has a ton of upside. Those itty bitty beyer numbers means that those that wager on Inglorious will get paid. · 2442 days ago
I'm not sure what the Zenyatta stakes have to do with Kath in the RA stakes, Karen, but I do know I don't appreciate your 1 rating of Zenyatta at all and I think you should stop doing that if you truly love horse racing as you say you do
I've always been a fan of Kath and have loved Lilacs and Lace cause of the name maybe I'll pair them with Bouquet Booth for a trifecta
If Kathmanblu wins this and the Kentucky Oaks, they will HAVE to make this a G2! The first running of the race in my gal Rachel's namesake... I wonder what field the Zenyatta stakes will bring?
Bold prediction power cap. Keep an eye on Gran Lioness. She seems much improved and might get brave if able to shake loose early.
This will be Inglorious' coming out party. She will crush this field.

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