Since Rachel Alexandra surprisingly lost last month in the Grade One Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga, speculations have arisen about her future and a possible near retirement. However, both trainer Steve Asmussen and majority owner Jess Jackson have decided to wait until the filly went to back to work and are not willing to talk about a retirement now.
On Monday, Rachel Alexandra had a great workout, clocking one minute 00.65 seconds for five furlongs on Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track ridden by Dominic Terry. This must certainly have been a good sign for the trainer and owner and although officially there is no race in her schedule, the filly could next run in the Grade One Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park on 2nd October.
If she goes for the Beldame, the race program previously established by Asmussen would be followed in the sense that there would be five weeks between races for the filly. The program was designed to get Rachel Alexandra ready for the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Churchill Downs but the results at the Personal Ensign changed plans and the nine-furlong Ladies Classic seems to be the next logical move.
With Rachel Alexandra running in the Beldame, a clash with Zenyatta would be out of the question since the champion filly is expected to run in the Lady's Secret Stakes at Hollywood Park on the same day. Zenyatta is on her way to defend her title in the Classic and she has given really great performances so far.