02/13/2014 7:05PM

Fair Grounds: Rachel Alexandra's full sister to debut Sunday

Keeneland photo
Samantha Nicole sold for $700,000 to Stonestreet Stables at the 2012 Keeneland November auction.

NEW ORLEANS – The card Sunday at the Fair Grounds lacks high-level races, but trainer Steve Asmussen will be involved in two rather interesting ones.

In the fourth race, Asmussen will send out Samantha Nicole, a full sister of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, in a maiden race for 3-year-old fillies running a mile and 70 yards.

Rosie Napravnik has the mount on Samantha Nicole, who’ll be making her career debut. She’ll break from post 5 in a field of six.

A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and the Roar mare Lotta Kim, Samantha Nicole was bred by Dolphus Morrison and is owned by Stonestreet Stable.

After Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks in 2009, Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stable and Harold McCormick purchased her from Morrison, who bred her, and Mike Lauffer. Asmussen took over as her trainer from Hal Wiggins. Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness in her first start for her new connections.

Jackson died in 2011, and Barbara Banke, his widow, took over Stonestreet. In 2012, Stonestreet purchased Samantha Nicole for $700,000 at the Keeneland November sale.

Samantha Nicole has worked nine times at the Fair Grounds – six five-furlong works and three half-mile works.

Rachel Alexandra, who won 13 of 19 starts, lost in her debut. She finished sixth in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for 2-year-old maiden fillies on May 22, 2008, at Churchill Downs.

In the eighth race, Big Sugar Soda, who finished third in the Grade 2 Futurity last year at Belmont Park, appears well spotted by Asmussen in a first-level optional claiming sprint for 3-year-olds. The six-furlong race drew seven 3-year-olds.

Big Sugar Soda will be making his second start this year.

On Jan. 11, he finished third at the same class level as Sunday’s race, 5 1/2 lengths behind winner Kendall’s Boy. Big Soda Sugar has worked three times since then.

The Fair Grounds card begins at 1:25 p.m. Central.

hdinky316 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. May's had 6 sons,but only 1 Willie!
You Feel Lucky More than 1 year ago
Well , Larry Jordan was no Michael, Craig Griffey was no Ken Jr. and Eddie Payton was no Walter..........So, she could turn out to be a good one, but..............there will only be one Rachel Alexandra!
John Gripshover More than 1 year ago
Blind Luck beat Rachel like a drum!
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Nice try, they never faced each other.
Rick Baldwin More than 1 year ago
I hope she wins by a mile,we can always use a filly with style.
redboy More than 1 year ago
I just hope that she shows to be good or bad relatively quickly , I don't think I can stand another Ebouisante,Zen's half sister ,she's 5 and has only raced 4 time she's scratched probably twice as many times from races ,she went to NY and was overmatched in a Grade 3 comes back to the West and is beaten in a soft Allowance race as the odds on and is frankly overrated.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Get over yourself. Ebby is a bigger horse and has taken a lot of time of mature. You can't just run them because you say they need to run. She's slightly more fragile than Z, big deal. It happens all the time. And good thing you don't own either as they likely wouldn't have made it out their stalls past their 2yo seasons. Sheesh.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Get over your hormance with Ebouisante,or as u referred to her Ebby..Actually I take that back ,because it's bettors who have a emotional attachment to a horse and can't seem to let go and be objective are the ones I like to bet against. The facts are she's overrated for the amount of hype she gets and I'll bet against her each and every time she competes in a Graded stakes..
diane esper More than 1 year ago
Who is Samantha Nicole? Rachwel Alexandra is a little girl who wore a protective mask, for whom the horse was named.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Rachel Alexandra and Samantha Nicole were named for grand daughters of Mr. Morrison. Rachel was NOT named for the very ill little girl Rachel, talked about on HRTV's Inside Information. She just happened to have the same name.
jttf More than 1 year ago
should put her against the boys everytime. rachel was a perfect three for three against grade 1 boys.
Keith More than 1 year ago
Well, I hope we give the girl a chance. Too often, siblings of great racehorses are expected to perform extraordinarily well first time out. Never mind the learning process. Good luck to Samantha Nicole and Stonestreet. A class operation.
Jacqueline Schumacher More than 1 year ago
Of course I want her to do well on the track, but all this hype and pressure makes me think back to the Barbaro brothers, and the disappointment expressed that those colts were not Derby calibre. Just take her as she is: a first-time starter. If she looks good and is keeping it together--great, but maybe don't bet her since she'll almost certainly be favored. If not, try to beat her.
Matthew Sanchez More than 1 year ago
Just wait and see!! Remember where u heard it first
Craig More than 1 year ago
Full sister and that's where it stops.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
could be a good plot for a book....how would they disprove she was not a clone but a full sister......hmm....genetics the same....