04/30/2010 3:54PM

Churchill Downs: Check That

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Well, put that "Rachel Retirement Watch" on hold. Jess Jackson, owner of Rachel Alexandra, who was beaten again earlier today in the La Troienne Stakes, just visited the press box and firmly stated that Rachel Alexandra would not retire. Jackson said Rachel appeared to come out of her narrow defeat in good shape and said his filly, reigning Horse of the Year, needed races like today's to build back a foundation. My first reaction is mixed. I'm glad Rachel will still be sticking around, but I still (unfortunately) have doubts if she ever again show the brilliant form she showed last year.