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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Asmussen: Rachel Alexandra ‘beautiful’ in workout

LOUISVILLE, KY.(AP) —Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra has put in a final workout before her next start in Saturday’s Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

Rachel Alexandra worked a half mile in 49.8 seconds at Churchill Downs on Monday morning, and trainer Steve Asmussen said the 3-year-old filly went “beautiful” and looked “happy.” She galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.40.

Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 1/4 lengths on May 1, and her Preakness win against the boys gave her a six-race winning streak. The Mother Goose for 3-year-olds fillies will be her first start since the Preakness.

Rachel Alexandra reaches Belmont

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP)—Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra has arrived at Belmont Park for Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi, exercise rider Dominic Terry and four other thoroughbreds, Rachel Alexandra departed Churchill Downs at noon. She arrived at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn on the Belmont Park backstretch by 4:30 p.m.

The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was bedded down in stall No. 5—the same stall previously occupied by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.

Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths on May 1, and her Preakness win against the boys gave her a six-race winning streak. The Mother Goose will be her first start since the Preakness.

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