Monday, May 25, 2009

Rachel and the Bird work

Rachel worked a half mile today in :50 1/5 over a sloppy Chuchill downs. Connections are saying that she is doing very well with Jackson stating "She acts like she can run through a brick wall." There is no decision yet on whether of not she will start in the Belmont. This work was supposed to cap their decision but they are still playing the we'll see how she is doing card. Jackson, her owner, has said that the decision could come later this week or as late as next Monday when her next work is slated. If Rachel skips the Belmont she would likely be pointed toward the Mother Goose stakes at Belmont on the June 27th. Jackson also declined to answer if he would run her in the Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita. He indicated that if she did run, it would be in the Classic and not the Ladies Classic.

Meanwhile Mine that Bird worked four furlongs in :51. Jockey Calvin Borel was aboard for the work and afterwards was questioned of his riding status in the Belmont. Him and his agent have not come to a decision on whether they will ride Mine that Bird, who is going to the Belmont, or Rachel Alexandra, who is questionable for it. After the work he and his trainer had this to say. “He went good, like his old self,” Borel said before Hissam added there would be no comment on the mount situation. "He worked super; he got over the ground good,” said trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. “I am tickled with where we are right now. He’s been a little on the hook, so we’re just trying to get him to settle.” Mine that Bird is scheduled to work next Monday.

I had to mention Zenyatta's win in the Milady on Saturday.(See picture) She just keeps getting better and better. Mike Smith said he was numb when he got off of her from the victory. I can't wait to see this older mare go up against Rachel if they do. The young hotshot filly against the older mare.

Brass hat also had a nice race this weekend at Churchill with none other than Borel aboard. His trainer said he might now go back to the dirt.

Also check out Afleet Alex's 2 year olds racing. He has a filly called She's a Fleet racing today at Churchill against a half sister of his called Stormin' Maggy. Interesting to see this outcome.

I'd like to send my condolences to Rene Douglas and his family. I hope he is able to walk again after that terrible accident at Arlington.
Have a great evening!


  1. I think that if Borel doesn't make up his mind within the next 24 hours the mount should go to Chantal Sutherland. She may not be in the same league as a Borel or a Gomez, but she is a good jockey and the original rider of Mine that Bird.

  2. I agree with that. But they did say they were considering Mike Smith or Chantal for the ride in the Preakness and they bypassed her for Smith. Must have been some tension in the household there with them dating and all.

  3. I hope animal planet got some footage of that for season 2...would've loved to have been a fly on the wall lol.