Preakness Favorite: Rachel Alexandra

May 15, 2009
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With the Preakness just a day away, filly Rachel Alexandra is an 8-5 favorite to take home the Woodlawn Vase.  The Preakness will mark the first time that she challenged male horses.
According to a USA Today article, she “ran to a record 20¼-length margin in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks. She has dusted her opponents by a combined 43½ lengths since the unflappable Calvin Borel teamed with her five races ago”.  Borel ran Mine That Bird to a Kentucky Derby victory.  It  is the first time ever that a jockey that won the Kentucky Derby switched horses for the Preakness.

Here’s a look at the field:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer
Odds
1 Big Drama John Velazquez David Fawkes
10-1
2 Mine That Bird Mike Smith Bennie Woolley Jr.
9-2
3 Musket Man Eibar Coa Derek Ryan
10-1
4 Luv Gov Jamie Theriot D. Wayne Lukas
50-1
5 Friesan Fire Gabriel Saez Larry Jones
10-1
6 Terrain Jeremy Rose Al Stall Jr.
30-1
7 Papa Clem Rafael Bejarano Gary Stute
8-1
8 General Quarters Julien Leparoux Tom McCarthy
20-1
9 Pioneerof the Nile Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert
5-1
10 Flying Private Alan Garcia D. Wayne Lukas
50-1
11 Take the Points Edgar Prado Todd Pletcher
30-1
12 Tone It Down Kent Desormeaux William Komlo
50-1
13 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel Steve Asmussen
9-5
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