Connections of Rachel Alexandra pondering four races
Four races are under consideration for the next start of reigning Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA (Medaglia d'Oro), majority owner Jess Jackson said in a statement released Tuesday. The four races, all scheduled for June 12, are the $600,000 Stephen Foster H. (G1) and $200,000 Fleur de Lis H. (G2) at Churchill Downs; the $250,000 Ogden Phipps H. (G1) at Belmont Park; and the $150,000 Obeah S. (G3) at Delaware Park.
The Stephen Foster is the only race of the four not restricted to fillies and mares, while the 1 1/16-mile Ogden Phipps is the only one not run at 1 1/8 miles. Rachel Alexandra has won stakes at both Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, but has never competed at Delaware Park. The Obeah is the major local prep for the $750,000 Delaware H. (G2) over 1 1/4 miles on July 17.
"Rachel Alexandra's condition continues to improve," said Jackson, referring to the fact the four-year-old filly has dropped both outings this year. She finished second in both the New Orleans Ladies S. and La Troienne S. (G2).
"We were impressed with Rachel's Memorial Day work breezing six furlongs 1:11 1/5 and galloping out a mile in 1:38. Her next work is Monday (June 7)," Jackson said.
"Our ultimate goal has not changed in scheduling Rachel Alexandra's campaign this year," Jackson concluded. "We are getting her back to her fitness level of last year with the long term hope to race her in the Breeders' Cup this fall."
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