To say RACHEL ALEXANDRA’s accomplishments during her Horse of the Year campaign in 2009 were staggering, fails to do justice in describing one of the most impressive single-year ledgers of a filly in American racing history. Simply stated, she was otherworldly as a 3-year-old, winning all eight of her starts and dazzling all who saw her along the way.
RACHEL ALEXANDRA decimated the Kentucky Oaks field by an astonishing 20¼ lengths. She became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years (NELLIE MORSE 1924). She crushed the Belmont Stakes winner (SUMMER BIRD) in a tour-de-force effort in the Haskell. And for the cherry on top she delivered a spine-tingling performance that was all heart, as she held off hard-charging MACHO AGAIN, and BULLSBAY in winning the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.
The Woodward victory was the conclusion of an undefeated three year-old campaign for RACHEL ALEXANDRA in which she won at seven different tracks in six states. She was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Filly for her achievements.
RACHEL‘s jockey was Calvin Borel who had a good view, and understanding of her talent; “I knew she was something different the first time I got on her.” We just clicked together and the rest was history. She became a true superstar, one of the best ever.”
With a record of 13-5-0 from 19 starts and earnings of $3,506,730, RACHEL ALEXANDRA was retired to Stonestreet Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. She was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2016.
Eclipse Award Horse of the Year — 2009
Eclipse Award Champion 3-Year-Old Filly — 2009