Rachel Alexandra Headed to Preakness and Favored

The superstar filly Rachel Alexandra is headed for the Preakness Stakes betting .  After a weekend of confusion, Mine That Bird’s owner Mark Allen and Pioneerof The Nile’s Ahmed Zayat have said they will not enter additional horses to keep the filly out of the Preakness.  Now, not only is Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, she is favored in horse racing odds.

 

On Monday, Pimlico vice president Mike Gathagan said there are 13 horses, including Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness field.  The exact number and the post position draw will be finalized on Wednesday.  The inclusion of Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness betting field gives horse racing some intrigue that they badly need and it avoided a public relations nightmare had she been left out.  Normally in the Preakness it is not an issue of having too many horses in the field.  Rarely do enough horses ever enter to get to the 14-horse maximum allowed in the Preakness.

 

Preakness odds will have Rachel Alexandra favored over the rest of the Preakness Stakes betting field and by quite a bit.  Most experts believe she is head and shoulders above anyone in the field. The early consensus has her going off at odds of less than 2-1, perhaps as low as even money.  Jockey Calvin Borel, who is getting off Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, has said Rachel Alexandra is a super horse.  Mine That Bird is now expected to be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

 

Rachel Alexandra is expected to ship to Pimlico on Wednesday. She would become the first filly in 10 years to be entered in the Preakness. The last filly to win the Preakness was Nellie Morse in 1924.  The last filly to be favored in the Preakness was Winning Colors in 1988 but she did not win.

 

The rest of the Preakness field is expected to include Kentucky Derby second place finisher Pioneerof The Nile, third and fourth place finishers Musket Man and Papa Clem. 10th place finisher General Quarters and the last two finishers in the Derby, Flying Private and Friesan Fire are also expected to be in the field.  Newcomers include Terrain, Big Drama, Tone It Down, Luv Guv and Take The Points.  One of the newcomers that was expected to be in the race, Hull was withdrawn on Monday.

 

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