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2009 Woodward Stakes

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Rachel Alexandra gets unsaddled
Rachel Alexandra gets unsaddled

Rachel Alexandra gets unsaddled by trainer Steve Asmussen, assistant trainer Scott Blasi, and jockey Calvin Borel in the winner's circle after the 2009 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga

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Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I can't say enough about the race she put in today under the circumstances. It means so much to me and everyone involved with her. For Jess and Barbara to allow us the opportunity to run her in these races, I can't say enough. She came through today like a true champion. Honestly, I thought she was going to let Da' Tara and Past the Point go. But it didn't work out that way. At 22 and change, I started worrying. I worried until they put her number up."

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