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May 30, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not run in the Belmont Stakes, opening the way for jockey Calvin Borel to return to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in his quest for a personal Triple Crown. Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra's co-owner, said yesterday the spectacular filly "deserves a well-earned vacation. " Jackson said she simply needed a rest after running - and winning - four graded stakes races since March 14, including a dominating victory in the Kentucky Oaks. Colleges The NCAA told Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari he must participate in next week's hearing on alleged major violations at Memphis even though he is not considered "at risk" in the probe.
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April 22, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Jess Jackson, the founder of the Kendall-Jackson winery in California and a prominent thoroughbred owner, has died of cancer. He was 81. A spokeswoman for Jackson's company, Jackson Family Wines, confirmed that Jackson died at his home yesterday. In recent years, Jackson was one of horse racing's leading owners. He campaigned two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, then purchased Rachel Alexandra, the sensational filly who was Horse of the Year in 2009. As a California vintner, Jackson built a multimillion-dollar empire on chardonnay with his popular Kendall-Jackson brand before moving into the racehorse business with his Stonestreet Stable.
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July 29, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Horse racing fans eager to see filly Rachel Alexandra run in the Breeders' Cup will have to wait until next year. Owner Jess Jackson said during a conference call yesterday he's "firm" in his decision to keep the Preakness winner from this fall's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Jackson cited concerns about the synthetic surface at Santa Anita as the main reason for skipping the event, but remains hopeful Rachel Alexandra will be able to run in the 2010 Breeders' Cup on the dirt at Churchill Downs.
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July 15, 2009 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rachel Alexandra, the dominating 3-year-old filly who beat the boys in the Preakness Stakes, is being pointed toward another battle of the sexes in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, her owner said yesterday. The filly, unbeaten in her last seven races, has emerged as a top favorite for horse of the year honors. In her last race, the Mother Goose Stakes on June 27 at Belmont Park, she broke the stakes record, running the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 46 and 2/5th seconds despite a lack of competition.
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June 25, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The co-owner of Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra doesn't plan to run the star filly in the Breeders' Cup, preventing a potential matchup with champion mare Zenyatta on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita. Jess Jackson ruled out taking part in horse racing's world championships on Nov. 6-7, after the fourth-place finish by his two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Rachel Alexandra has raced on synthetic surfaces before, cruising to a convincing win in an allowance race over Keeneland's Polytrack last October.
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January 19, 2010 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
THE VOTERS have spoken. In 2010, the race or races between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta may validate the voters or change some minds. Late last night at the 39th Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., it was announced that Rachel Alexandra is the 2009 Horse of the Year. Rachel got 130 votes. Zenyatta got the other 99. It was almost an impossible choice between two horses that did not lose a race all year, but never ran in the same race or track or even time zone.
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January 19, 2010 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A perfect 2009 campaign - a historic run of eight victories over seven racetracks - ended for Rachel Alexandra last night with an Eclipse Award for horse of the year. The 3-year-old filly's toughest race may have been with a horse she never faced. Undefeated Zenyatta, a 5-year-old mare, made the Eclipse decision into a debate within the sport after her stirring victory in November's Breeders' Cup Classic. That was generally considered the race of the year, over the toughest field of the year.
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May 8, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Watch out boys, here she comes. Maybe. Fabulous filly Rachel Alexandra could be headed for the Preakness next weekend or the Belmont Stakes in June after the Kentucky Oaks winner was sold to Stonestreet Stables on Wednesday - less than a week since her recordsetting victory in the female version of the Kentucky Derby. If she enters the Preakness, jockey Calvin Borel likely will be right with her. Borel, who rode her to victory in last Friday's Oaks, then won the Derby the next day aboard 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird, called her the most talented he's ever been on during his lengthy career.
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September 19, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN UNTAPABLE won four consecutive stakes by a combined 31 lengths in three states from February to June, there were Rachel Alexandra whispers. The great Rachel, destined for the Hall of Fame, put together perhaps the best year ever by a 3-year-old filly in 2009 - going unbeaten, winning the Kentucky Oaks by the length of the stretch, winning the Preakness, the Haskell and the Woodward against males, showing tremendous speed in every race and...
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September 24, 2012 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer
SATURDAY'S $3 million day at Parx Racing featured a stretch duel that nobody who saw it will ever forget, an unknown winner from the barn that was the most celebrated in racing on the eve of the Belmont Stakes, and a winning run from the back in a sprint race that should have been impossible. Players bet more than $4.3 million on the 12-race card, $2 million on the three featured stakes races at the back end of it. Fans have differing reasons for coming to the track. The vast majority are there to gamble, hoping to leave with more money than they came with, but not necessarily expecting it. The purists arrive at the track yearning to see a race like the $1 million Cotillion, the first Grade I in Pennsylvania history.
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June 25, 2012
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April 24, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
Havre de Grace, the 2011 horse of the year, was scheduled to race May 4 at Churchill Downs, the day before the Kentucky Derby. Sadly, the 5-year-old mare won't make that race or any others. Her owner, Wilmington's Rick Porter, announced on his Fox Hill Farm website Monday afternoon that Havre de Grace had suffered an injury to her right front ankle, apparently during a Sunday workout, and has to be retired. The ligament injury would take a year to resolve, with a strong chance it could recur and the great likelihood that she would never be able to compete at the same level again.
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April 23, 2012 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer
Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year, was scheduled to race next on May 4 at Churchill Downs, the day before the Kentucky Derby. Sadly, the 5-year-old mare won't make that race or any others. Her owner, Wilmington's Rick Porter, announced on his Fox Hill Farm website Monday afternoon that she suffered an injury to her right front ankle, apparently during a Sunday workout, and has to be retired. Hers was a ligament injury that would take a year to resolve, with a strong chance it could recur and the great likelihood she would never be able to compete at the same level again.
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January 24, 2012
A 125-pound bay colt was born to 2009 horse of the year Rachel Alexandra by 2007 and 2008 horse of the year Curlin . Jess Jackson , owner of Stonestreet Farm in Kentucky, said that his dream breeding pair would produce a super horse and the product of their mating was born on Sunday afternoon.Later this year, Rachel Alexandra is set to be bred to Bernardini , the 2006 Preakness winner. The Breeders' Cup Classic is coming to prime time for the first time. NBC Sports Group and the Breeders' Cup have agreed to a multiyear deal for the network to televise the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships beginning with the 2012 event at Santa Anita Park.
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November 1, 2011 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Uncle Mo is back at Churchill Downs as the early 5-2 favorite in a field of 13 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic nearly six months after he was knocked out of the Kentucky Derby on the eve of the race with what was later diagnosed as a life-threatening liver disease. He was the second favorite for the Derby. Now all eyes are back on Uncle Mo to see if he can complete his comeback with a season-ending victory in North America's richest race. "Uncle Mo has never looked better, has never trained better," said owner Mike Repole, due to arrive in Louisville on Tuesday.
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November 1, 2011 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to top the epic 2010 Breeders' Cup story line with Zenyatta going for her 20th straight win and consecutive Classic wins in her final race. But BC 28, with its $26 million in purses spread over 15 races set for Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs, has another brilliant filly in the Classic. If Havre de Grace, who was based at Delaware Park all summer, wins, she will be the third consecutive female Horse of the Year after Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. This Cup also has the amazing French-trained mare Goldikova going for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Turf Mile.
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April 22, 2011
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April 22, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Jess Jackson, the founder of the Kendall-Jackson winery in California and a prominent thoroughbred owner, has died of cancer. He was 81. A spokeswoman for Jackson's company, Jackson Family Wines, confirmed that Jackson died at his home yesterday. In recent years, Jackson was one of horse racing's leading owners. He campaigned two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, then purchased Rachel Alexandra, the sensational filly who was Horse of the Year in 2009. As a California vintner, Jackson built a multimillion-dollar empire on chardonnay with his popular Kendall-Jackson brand before moving into the racehorse business with his Stonestreet Stable.
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