07/20/2010 10:58AM

Rachel Alexandra arrives at Monmouth for Lady's Secret


Following an early morning departure from Saratoga, Rachel Alexandra arrived by van about 9 a.m. Tuesday at Monmouth Park, where she is to run in Saturday’s $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes.

Trainer Steve Asmussen, who was at Saratoga on Tuesday, said he is following the “same routine” he used last summer when Rachel Alexandra won the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. She had her final workout at Saratoga before shipping to Monmouth. On Monday, Rachel Alexandra breezed four furlongs in 49.60 seconds over the Oklahoma training track.

“She left on Tuesday after her work on Monday, it worked out for her really well,” said Asmussen, who plans to leave for Monmouth following Friday’s opening-day card at the Spa.

Rachel Alexandra was accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi, who said the reigning Horse of the Year shipped in fine.

Asmussen said Rachel Alexandra would school in the Monmouth Park paddock sometime during Friday’s races.

Post positions for the Lady’s Secret will be drawn Wednesday. A field of five or six is expected.

– David Grening