04/30/2010 12:40PM

Churchill Downs: No Excuse

EmailIt's hard if not impossible to find an excuse for Rachel Alexandra being outfinished by Unrivaled Belle in the La Troienne just run here at Churchill Downs. The early fractions Rachel Alexandra disputed with outsider Be Fair were just plain slow, and when she took over, she took over with ease. But even after an easy trip, Rachel Alexandra just could not hold off Unrivaled Belle, an opponent who wouldn't have gotten within the same zip code against the 2009 version of Rachel Alexandra. It's not pretty, and it's anyone's guess as to why, but it seems clear Rachel is just not the same as she used to be. And now, not to sound cold, but the "Rachel Retirement Watch" is on in full force.