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Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra wins the Preakness

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Photos from many of Rachel's races and more starting with the Golden Rod Stakes as a 2-year-old can be viewed in my Rachel Alexandra Photo Gallery

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Foaling Date: 1-29-2006
Pedigree: Medaglia d'Oro - Lotta Kim by Roar
Dosage Profile: 3-2-7-2-0
Dosage Index/CD: 1.55 0.43
2008 Record: 6 Starts: 3 - 1 - 0, $201,440
Best Beyer Figure: 116

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As a 2-year-old she only raced in Kentucky, breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs, winning an allowance at Keeneland, and finishing 2nd in two stakes and winning her final start of 2008 in the Golden Rod, all at Churchill Downs. Won her 2009 debut in the Martha Washington at Oaklawn, then won the Fair Grounds Oaks, and the Fantasy back at Oaklawn. Was a heavy favorite in the Kentucky Oaks and did not disappoint, winning by a record 20 1/4 lengths. She was purchased from her original owners by Stonestreet Stable on May 6 for an undisclosed amount and moved from the barn of trainer Hal Wiggins to Steve Asmussen.

They paid the $100,000 supplement fee to run her in the Preakness and she did not disappoint, taking the lead shortly after the start and never looking back.

Skipping the Belmont, her next start was the Mother Goose Stakes on June 27, where only 2 overmatched fillies ran against her. She drew off to win easily by a stakes record margin of 19 1/4 lengths in a stakes record time of 1:46.33, just 0.93 seconds off Secretariat's track record.

Next out, she won the Haskell by 6 lengths over Belmont winner Summer Bird, earning a career best Beyer figure of 116. After that they decided to take on the older males at Saratoga in the Woodward Stakes and she did not disappoint. She set quick early fractions but dug in and refused to let late closing Macho Again pass her to win by a head.

Citing issues with the Pro-Ride synthetic track at Santa Anita, owner Jess Jackson opted to skip the Breeders' Cup and instead rest his filly for the rest of the 2009 season.

She was the unanimous choice for the Eclipse Award as Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, and was voted Horse of the Year in a close battle with Zenyatta. She is the 4th female Horse of the Year since the Eclipse Awards were introduced, and the 11th overall.

She spent the winter at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, making her 2010 debut in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes. Her win streak came to an end when she was defeated by Zardana. She was to face Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom but after the loss, owner Jess Jackson decided not to enter her. She then ran second to Unrivaled Belle in the La Troienne (G2) at Churchill Downs, then returned to the winner's circle in the Fleur de Lis (G2) also at Churchill and then won the Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park.

It what would be her final career start, she was second in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. She retired on September 28.

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