Archive for May 18th, 2009

posted by Kalina on May 18

Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra made history, winning the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra was the first filly to win it in 85 years, since Nellie Morse in 1924, and only the fifth filly to win overall.

Once they had broken from the gate, Musket man took the lead at first, with Freisian Fire showing early speed, and Rachel Alexandra coming up on the far outside. Coming into the first turn, Rachel Alexandra took the lead. She kept it up during the entire race. Mine That Bird was in a similar position as in the running of the Derby, all the way in the back. Papa Clem was in fourth, with Freisian Fire in third, and Big Drama in second to Rachel Alexandra. Pioneerof The Nile was running in fifth. With three furlongs to go, however, Mine That Bird shot around the outside and started moving up. With only one furlong left, Musket Man moved up in second with Mine That Bird third on the outside and Rachel Alexandra still holding a convincing lead. Under the wire, Rachel Alexandra was ahead by a length with Mine That Bird in second and Musket Man in third. The final time was 1:55 flat.

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