Churchill Downs Racecourse will once again come alive with celebrity racing action, as Rachel Alexandra has been entered into the 2010 Fleur de Lis Handicap. It is a Grade II racing event for mares and fillies three-years-old and older, and has a purse amount of $200 000. Rachel Alexandra had been nominated for four events by her co-owner, Jess Jackson, and it is no surprise that Rachel Alexandra has been selected as the race favourite for the Fleur de Lis Handicap.
The Fleur de Lis Handicap will be hosted on Saturday, 12 June 2010, and Rachel Alexandra will find herself battling for supremacy against four other competitors. Calvin Borel will once again be teamed up with Rachel Alexandra, going up against Multipass, Jessica is Back, Distinctive Dixie and Made for Magic. Garret Gomez will be in the saddle for Marty Wolfson, putting Jessica Is Back through her paces. There are high hopes for this six year old, as she has just come off a second place finish in the Sixty Sails Handicap. Made For Magic is the only other graded stakes winner to enter the Fleur de Lis Handicap, and both Distinctive Dixie and Multipass will be putting in their best effort to capture their first graded stakes race.
Rachel Alexandra has also been nominated for the Ogden Phipps Handicap, which is a Grade 1 event hosted by Belmont Park Racecourse; the Grade 1 Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Handicap; and the Obeah Stakes, which is to be hosted at Delaware Park and is a Grade III horse racing event. The magnificent Horse of the Year has not enjoyed a very good season so far, with second place finishes in both her starts for this year, but it is hoped that she will pick up the pace as the year progresses and get back her winning streak. During the running of the New Orleans Ladies, Rachel Alexandra placed second against Zardana, and Unrivaled Belle stole the victory in the La Troienne at Churchill Downs. Fortunately, with a horse like Rachel Alexandra, there are many racing options available and all her supporters will be cheering her on on Saturday to what will hopefully be another victory for Rachel Alexandra.