How does Rachel look in yellow and maroon?

The news of the day on Wednesday was quite surprising as even racing fans who are “in the know” were unaware that owners Dolphus Morrison and Mike Lauffer were interested in selling their prized filly Rachel Alexandra.  Perhaps it was the hefty price tag (which is rumored to be $10 million) or the care with which she is sure to be treated by new owner Jess Jackson.  Either way, the deal was finalized on Wednesday afternoon.

What does this mean going forward?  It seems that Rachel Alexandra will be transferred to the barn of Steve Asmussen with an eye towards starting in the Preakness Stakes.  I know I’ve been as much of an advocate as any for this gal taking on males, especially considering her best male counterparts are dropping like flies of late.  If Rachel Alexandra were to enter the Preakness and face the 12 probables pointing there at the moment, she might be 8/5!

Here is the most updated list of probables for the Preakness in alphabetical order:

Big Drama
Conservative (Desormeaux)
Flying Private
General Quarters (Leparoux)
Hull (Mena)
Mine That Bird (Borel)
Musket Man (Coa)
Papa Clem (Bejarano)
Pioneerof the Nile (Gomez)
Take the Points (Prado)
Tone It Down

As was expected, the improbable result in the Preakness has prompted quite a few more trainers to try their charges at Pimlico.  An interesting fact to remember is that since 2000 only two Preakness winners did not start in the Ky Derby, Red Bullet in 2000 and Bernardini in 2006.  Does that preclude a horse like Rachel Alexandra or the incredibly talented Hull from winning?  Absolutely not, but at least we’re actually talking about the Preakness and it only took a good-looking filly to get us going!

We’ll be back for the weekend but leave you with the 2008 Preakness:


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