05/16/2010 11:00PM

Rachel Alexandra breezes in slop


Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, breezed a very easy five furlongs Monday morning at Churchill Downs, marking her second straight slow workout since the filly incurred her second straight defeat in the April 30 La Troienne Stakes at the Louisville, Ky., track.

With Shaun Bridgmohan aboard at about 6:30 a.m. Eastern, Rachel Alexandra went in 1:04.20 over a sloppy surface, with her clocking being the 12th fastest of 13 at the distance for the morning. Her gallop-out time for six furlongs was 1:17.80.

Trainer Steve Asmussen has maintained that he and majority owner Jess Jackson have not committed Rachel Alexandra to a specific next race, although two June 12 races at 1 1/8 miles at Churchill rank among the logical options. Those are the Grade 1, $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap, open to both genders, and the Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap, restricted to fillies and mares.

Rachel Alexandra won all eight starts last year but is winless in both tries at 4. She was second to Zardana in the March 13 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds, then second to Unrivaled Belle in the La Troienne. Jackson said after the La Troienne that he is undeterred by the losses and that he has no plans to retire the filly in the near future.

Dominic Terry had been the regular exercise rider for Rachel Alexandra since Asmussen assumed the filly's training more than a year ago, but Terry recently went to work for Dallas Stewart. Bridgmohan has been aboard for the filly's two breezes since the La Troienne.