Here comes Rachel!
The Preakness Stakes, 2nd leg of the Triple Crown will be challenged by Rachel Alexandra. She is the filly that won the Kentucky Oaks by 20+lengths! She had a Beyers Speed rating of 108. The winner of the Kentucky Derby the next day was Mine That Bird with a Beyers Speed rating of 105. That is the first time since the Beyers speed rating has been used that the winner of the Oaks (for 3 yr old fillies) was greater than the winner of the Ky Derby!
She won with over 20 lengths, which means she was just galloping, no one was pushing her so she could have had a much higher Beyers Speed rating if she was pushed!
The owners of Rachel Alexandra had already declared that they would not run her against the boys. So another stable bought her for 5 million dollars and now they have already said they will run her in the Preakness against the boys as long as she trains good and says sound. The Preakness is run the 3rd Saturday in May after the Kentucky Derby which is run on the 1st Saturday in May.
I think she is capable of winning the Preakness which is a 1 3/16 mi. The Derby was 1 1/4 mi.
I don't know if she can go 1 1/2 mi which is the length of the Belmont Stakes the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown. I know Mine That Bird can, his daddy is Birdstone who won the Belmont Stakes and beat Smarty Jones and kept him from winning the triple crown.
It's gonna be a good race, I'm betting on Rachel Alexandra.
See ya at the window.