It now appears that 2009 Horse Of The Year, Rachel Alexandra, will be pointed to the Grade 2 Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, as opposed to the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs the same day. Entries will be taken for the races on Wednesday at Churchill Downs and most in the know feel that Rachel's owner, Jess Jackson, prefers to run her in the female race and not test the boys right now in the Foster.
Regardless, the Foster should still provide fine entertainment this Saturday with what will still be a field of high quality. It appears that the leader of the pack will be Blame, who won an important race at Churchill during their autumn season, the Grade 2 Clark Handicap. Blame took quite a bit of time off before returning to the races at Pimlico and winning a Grade 3 race on the Preakness undercard.
Among the other horses expected to be part of the field for the Foster are Arson Squad, winner of the Grade 3 Alysheba, General Quarters, who won the big turf race on the Derby Day card, the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve, and Macho Again, a horse that can always throw a scare into someone. Just ask Rachel Alexandra about that one!!
It is shaping to be what the day of the Foster always is, the second-best raceday at Churchill Downs every year (behind Derby Day). I know I am certainly looking forward to it.
Tune in tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!