Rachel Alexandra safely arrives at Saratoga

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Rachel Alexandra safely arrives at Saratoga

Post  junkman on Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:12 pm

Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - Wednesday morning saw the safe arrival of defending Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra at Saratoga Race Course from Churchill Downs.
The four-year-old filly was accompanied by trainer Steve Asmussen's assistant Scott Blasi on the plane flight.
"We left Churchill Downs at 7:15 and we got here at 11:15; four hours from track to track is pretty impressive," said Blasi. "She's at Saratoga and everything is good. The air is good; the water tastes good. It's all positive. She looks fabulous right now. I am looking forward to getting her back to the track tomorrow." As a three-year-old, the filly took up residence at Saratoga last summer when she traveled to Monmouth Park to win the Haskell Invitational. Back at the upstate New York track she beat older male horses in the Woodward Handicap.
Specific plans for Rachel's next start have not been finalized. At Saratoga she could race in either the 1 1/8-mile Ruffian Handicap on Sunday, August 1 or the 1 1/4-mile Personal Ensign on Sunday, August 29. Both races are for fillies and mares.
An earlier possible start against other females would be the $750,000 Delaware Handicap on Saturday, July 17 at 1 1/4-miles.
Owned by Stonestreet Stable and Hal McCormick, Rachel had her last workout at Churchill Downs on Monday of last week. Blasi said that the champion filly will most likely have her first breeze at Saratoga on Monday, July 5.
Rachel, who has Calvin Borel as her jockey, has won 12 of 17 career starts for $3,216,730. This year she has won one of three races for $258,376.
Rachel won the Fleur de Lis by 10 1/2-lengths on June 12. She came up short in her initial two starts of 2010. She was second to Zardana at the Fair Grounds in the New Orleans Ladies Classic and runner-up to Unrivaled Belle at Churchill Downs in the La Troienne.

06/30 15:23:30 ET

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