Thoroughbred Filly Rachel Alexandra Makes History in New York

Three-year-old Rachel Alexandra won her eighth race in as many outings this year when she became the first filly to win the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga in New York.

Rachel Alexandra drew much acclaim earlier this year when she won the Kentucky Oaks for fillies rather than racing in the Kentucky Derby against males, then beat the boys her age in the Preakness Stakes in her next outing.

Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra beats the older boys in the Woodward Stakes.
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Prior to the Woodward--where she faced older males for the first time--she beat 3-year-old males in the Haskell Invitational and ran away from other fillies her age in a record-breaking performance in the Mother Goose, where she won by more than 19 lengths.

In the Woodward she set an extremely fast pace, then Macho Again charged from last to challenge Rachel Alexandra, but was unable to catch her. Rachel Alexandra held off Macho Again by a head to win. Only one other filly had raced in the Woodward since 1972, and that filly finished third.

Our sister site noted that Rachel Alexandra was the first 3-year-old filly to win a grade I distance race against older males in New York since 1887, and this victory probably ensured her Horse of the Year honors. You can see video of the race at

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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