Monday, August 3, 2009

GIRLS RULE, BOYS DROOL

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra made easy work of the boys again winning the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational by a widening six lengths. About 24 hours earlier, Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird came up short again in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby Gr.II finishing third to Soul Warrior and Big Drama.

If you want to see how good she is just watch the video. When her jock asks her to really run at the head of the lane, it’s like Rachel has a rocket booster – she simply runs away from the boys making it look very…VERY…very easy. Is she the best racehorse we've seen in a long while? Simply put, yes.

Although pouring rain turned Monmouth Park’s main track into slop, it did not deter Rachel against six colts in the $1.25 million race. With Calvin Borel aboard, the 3-year-old sensation swept past the leader Munnings around the far turn and finished a length short of the Haskell record margin of seven lengths set by Bluegrass Cat in 2006.

As Rachel crossed the finish line, Borel saluted the crowd.

“This filly is just unbelievable. I can’t say how good she is,” said the jockey who has been aboard Rachel during her eight-race winning streak. “I gave her a few taps at the 16th-pole, that’s it. I just wanted to keep her focused with a couple of taps. She started looking around at the crowd, so I just wanted to keep her busy.”

Jockey Mike Smith, took Mine That Bird back as Big Drama opened a ten length lead going down the backstretch. Concerned that front runner was poised to steal the race, Smith moved the late closing gelding a bit earlier than usual and he didn’t have quite enough left to catch the tiring Big Drama and the closing Soul Warrior.

Both horses are tentatively scheduled to run next in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga later this month.

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