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August 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Rachel Alexandra sped around the far turn and rolled past the boys once again Sunday to win the $1.25-million Haskell Invitational, establishing herself as one of the greatest fillies in thoroughbred racing. When the regal bay filly returned to the winner's circle with Calvin Borel patting her neck, the Monmouth Park crowd of 37,090 cheered mightily for racing's brightest star.
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May 21, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg, Preakness Stakes 2011: Shackleford edges Animal Kingdom to win the Preakness Stakes
BALTIMORE -- Shackleford's clean run allowed him to hold off a late charge from Animal Kingdom to win the 136th running of the Preakness Saturday at Pimlico Race Course . Shackleford, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Jesus Castanon, led most of the Kentucky Derby but was caught by a group that included Animal Kingdom and finished fourth. Many expected him to jump to an early lead but fade at the Preakness. He thrived running the shorter distance, though, and the early 12-1 shot won by about half a length.
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May 12, 2009 | Ken Murray
Rachel Alexandra, the 3-year-old filly that stormed out of the Kentucky Oaks with an aura of invincibility, almost certainly will run in the Preakness on Saturday. Her path as a $100,000 supplemental entry was cleared over the weekend when Mark Allen, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, and Ahmed Zayat, owner of Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile, backed away from a plan that would have diverted her from the race.
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April 22, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Jess Jackson, a man who knew how to pick winners, whether they were thoroughbred racehorses or vineyards, died of cancer Thursday at his wine country estate in Geyserville, Calif. He was 81. Jackson was a wine industry visionary who developed the Kendall-Jackson brand, which popularized premium wines for the mass market and helped make the chardonnay varietal a household staple. Friends and business associates described Jackson as a classic entrepreneur who had three distinct, successful careers, first as a San Francisco attorney and then as a skilled wine merchant whose 14,000 acres of wine grapes are among the largest private vineyard holdings in America.
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September 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Star filly Rachel Alexandra made history at Saratoga Race Course by becoming the first female to win the prestigious Woodward Stakes on Saturday, holding off Macho Again by a head at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The 3-year-old ran an electrifying race against the older boys for her ninth consecutive win and all but clinched horse-of-the-year honors. Rachel Alexandra dueled early with 2008 Belmont Stakes winner Da'Tara before taking the lead along the backstretch. She set a blistering early pace on the way to running 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.
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May 14, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
The jockey who lives on the rail will have a long trip to get there in Saturday's 134th Preakness Stakes, horse racing's second leg of the Triple Crown. When race favorite Rachel Alexandra drew the 13th post Wednesday for the 13-horse race, it meant that Calvin Borel, known affectionately by fans and less so by fellow jockeys as Calvin Bo-Rail, would either have to bide his time or make a trophy dash out of the gate. That apparent problem didn't bother the connections of the filly one bit.
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March 14, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
Posing and dancing for fans in the paddock, unbeaten Zenyatta once again saved her best performance for the track, rallying from last place in a field of eight to win her 15th consecutive race, a 1¼-length triumph over 51-1 longshot Dance To My Tune in the Grade I $250,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap on Saturday, thrilling her supporters at Santa Anita. Twenty minutes earlier in New Orleans, Zenyatta's rival for top horse in America last year, Rachel Alexandra, made her first start in six months and was beaten by Zenyatta's stablemate, the John Shirreffs-trained Zardana, by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies at 1 1/16 miles . Whether Rachel Alexandra's defeat causes her connections to reconsider a scheduled April 9 showdown against Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park remains to be seen, but Shirreffs said his 6-year-old mare intends to head to Hot Springs, Ark., and that she was never brought back after considering retirement to simply take on the 2009 horse of the year.
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May 2, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- Dolphus Morrison is a racing purist: The Kentucky Derby is for the boys; the Kentucky Oaks is for the girls. You won't hear any of the Derby owners complaining. Morrison's spectacular filly Rachel Alexandra crushed the field by a record 20 1/4 lengths in the $500,000 Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs, perhaps stamping herself as the best 3-year-old horse in the world, boy or girl. "If she stays sound, she'll be the next Secretariat," jockey Calvin Borel said.
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May 7, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
The pendulum of horse-racing fortune took another swing to the positive Wednesday. Four days after jockey Calvin Borel attracted international attention with his magical ride to win the Kentucky Derby on a 50-1 shot, an event that got a 10-plus network TV rating, Jess Jackson got back in the game. The 79-year-old founder of Kendall-Jackson Winery, who owned and campaigned super horse Curlin until retiring him at the end of last year, purchased star filly Rachel Alexandra.
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May 17, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
The big headline in Saturday's Baltimore Sun missed by only a word. It read: The Lady and the Champ. Had they made the third word "is," they'd have nailed it. Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness on Saturday, the fifth filly in 134 years to do so. The last time a filly won this second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown was 1924. That was four years after women were given the right to vote in America. Women's pride has had its good days, and this was certainly one of them.
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November 8, 2010 | BILL DWYRE
The horses will keep running, but for a while, the fans will stop caring as much. Horse racing is no different from other sports. Seasons build to highs and, that ended, return to plateaus of the routine. Zenyatta will race no more. Certainly, she will not be forgotten. Her dash down the homestretch at Churchill Downs on Saturday, ending three inches short of the wonderful colt Blame, was both a tonic and a catalyst for her sport. So many more watched with so much more interest than would ever be imagined for a niche-audience event such as the Breeders' Cup that the potential lasting residuals should not be underestimated.
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October 2, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Racing fans swarmed around the paddock at Hollywood Park on Saturday showing off Zenyatta posters, paintings, buttons, hats and T-shirts in support of the unbeaten 6-year-old mare who was chasing perfection in her final racing appearance in Southern California. And like the entertainer she has become, Zenyatta created suspense and intrigue. At the eighth pole, Zenyatta was in third place, three lengths behind the leader Switch, a 3-year-old filly who looked on the verge of conquering the queen of thoroughbred racing.
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August 29, 2010 | From wire reports
Michelle Wie closed with a two-under-par 70 on Sunday for a three-shot win at the CN Canadian Women's Open, her second career victory on the LPGA Tour. Wie, who was 12 under for the tournament, earned the winner's check of $337,500 in the $2.25-million event at the St. Charles Country Club — the LPGA's only stop in Canada. Wie had five birdies, including on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes. "I made a lot of crucial putts today," said Wie, who at 10 years old was the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
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August 6, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
For Zenyatta, racing's Queen Mother, the campaign to avenge her only defeat continues Saturday at Del Mar. Barring any last-minute changes of heart by owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, she will take on a field of five other mares in the 1 1/16-mile Clement Hirsch Stakes, a Grade I race worth $300,000. The Mosses and Shirreffs don't like the ever-changing synthetic surface at the track, but it isn't markedly different from what Zenyatta won on last year, her second straight Clement Hirsch victory.
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May 1, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. — The horse race that thoroughbred fans want most was not wiped out at Churchill Downs on Friday. Jess Jackson, majority owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, said that his 4-year-old mare was still coming back from a six-month layoff and her loss by a neck, in a thrilling stretch dual with Unrivaled Belle in the $418,800 La Troienne, the sixth race on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs, was...
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March 14, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
Posing and dancing for fans in the paddock, unbeaten Zenyatta once again saved her best performance for the track, rallying from last place in a field of eight to win her 15th consecutive race, a 1¼-length triumph over 51-1 longshot Dance To My Tune in the Grade I $250,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap on Saturday, thrilling her supporters at Santa Anita. Twenty minutes earlier in New Orleans, Zenyatta's rival for top horse in America last year, Rachel Alexandra, made her first start in six months and was beaten by Zenyatta's stablemate, the John Shirreffs-trained Zardana, by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies at 1 1/16 miles . Whether Rachel Alexandra's defeat causes her connections to reconsider a scheduled April 9 showdown against Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park remains to be seen, but Shirreffs said his 6-year-old mare intends to head to Hot Springs, Ark., and that she was never brought back after considering retirement to simply take on the 2009 horse of the year.
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March 14, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
The much-anticipated racing showdown between unbeaten Zenyatta and 2009 horse of the year Rachel Alexandra scheduled for April 9 in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park is off. Rachel Alexandra's owner, Jess Jackson, said in a statement Sunday that his horse is not in top condition and will skip the race. Rachel Alexandra, a 4-year-old filly, finished second Saturday to Zenyatta's stablemate, Zardana, in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies, her first race in six months. On the same day, the 6-year-old Zenyatta won her 15 t h consecutive race, winning the Grade I $250,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita.
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March 14, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
The much-anticipated racing showdown between unbeaten Zenyatta and 2009 horse of the year Rachel Alexandra scheduled for April 9 in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park is off. Rachel Alexandra's owner, Jess Jackson, said in a statement Sunday that his horse is not in top condition and will skip the race. Rachel Alexandra, a 4-year-old filly, finished second Saturday to Zenyatta's stablemate, Zardana, in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies, her first race in six months. On the same day, the 6-year-old Zenyatta won her 15 t h consecutive race, winning the Grade I $250,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita.
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March 5, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Numbers speak clearly to the chances of 5-year-old mare St. Trinians in Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap. A female horse has gone to the gate in the Big Cap 41 of the 72 times it has been run. All 41 times, the female has been walked past the winner's circle and back to the barn. The closest was Next Move, who lost by a neck in 1951. But then, there are reasons to believe that attempt No. 42 will be the charm, and those reasons are not merely based on this mini-racing era of girl power.
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