Rachel Alexandra Iffy for Belmont, Bird Is In

BALTIMORE -- Rachel Alexandra made history in becoming the first Kentucky Oaks winner to compete in - and win - the Preakness Stakes. Now whether she will try to become the first filly to win two legs of the Triple Crown is uncertain, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, who fell a length short of catching the front-running Rachel Alexandra, is definite for the June 6 Belmont Stakes in New York.

But while owner Jess Jackson made it clear Saturday that the 1 1/2-mile Belmont was a good possibility, neither he nor trainer Steve Asmussen committed the filly to the 1-1/2-mile Triple Crown finale.

"She'll probably go back to the track Wednesday morning," Asmussen, who took over the filly's training 10 days before the Preakness, said this morning at Pimlico before Rachel Alexandra left for the flight to Louisville. "This time we have something to measure it to, as far as how she feels and how she's acting. It's our first comparison, so to speak… We're not going to tell her how she's feeling. She'll tell us how she's feeling."

No final decision is expected at least until after Rachel Alexandra works again, which would be no sooner than next Monday, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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  • by Mr Will Location: Florida on May 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    She did it! Rachael Alexandra becomes the first filly to win the Preakness since 1924. So, the question is: can a jockey win a triple crown? Calvin Borel, the jockey of Mine That Bird for the Kentucky Derby victory, made a great call when he decided to ride Rachael Alexandra over Mine That Bird in the Preakness. Generally, the Belmont is not all that exciting when a Triple Crown is not possible, but this time I think the excitement is mounting. We have a 50-1 shot taking the Derby, and the first filly in 85 years taking the Preakness; both of which have stirred up incredible fan support. Imagine another sport which leaves the choice: the underdog, or the underdog? Who is my Belmont pick? I say that the filly takes two out of three Triple Crown events, and wins the Belmont by at least one length. So much for a man’s game. Mr Will


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