Monday, September 7, 2009
My Girl, Rachel
She did it again! Everyone knows I'm in love with the Thoroughbred filly, Rachel Alexandra, and with good reason. She's beautiful. She's talented. And she's better than everyone else! For people who do not follow horse racing, Rachel is the 3 year old girl who trounced all the other 3 year old girls by winning the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths and THEN beat the top 3 year old boys in the Preakness. Those boys included Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird. Her next race was another one against the little boys, the Haskell Invitational, which she won by 6 lengths. Those boys included Summer Bird (yes, Mine That Bird's half brother) who won the Belmont. This weekend, Rachel was in the Woodward Stakes... the ONLY 3 year old (either sex) entered and she made certain ALL the older guys followed her home. Not only is she the first filly to win the Woodward, she is one of very few 3 year olds to win it. Not even the great Secretariat could do it as a 3 year old. (He finished second.) Yestersay, Rachel's people said she was obviously tired but not sore and was eating well. Most likely she is done racing for the year and the folks trying to push her into a race against the 5 year old super mare, Zenyata, are going to have to wait until next year. (Rachel has already run in more races than Zenyata has in her life time.) If Horse of the Year does not go to Rachel Alexandra, there'll be some 'splain' to do!