02/12/2013 5:38PM

Rachel Alexandra delivers Bernardini filly at Stonestreet

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Rachel Alexandra with Bernardini foalPhoto courtesy of Stonestreet Farm via TwitterRachel Alexandra with Bernardini foal

Rachel Alexandra, who was named Horse of the Year following a historic campaign in 2009, delivered her second foal early Tuesday morning, a filly by Darley sire Bernardini.

The 7-year-old Medaglia d'Oro mare gave birth to her filly at 2:30 a.m. at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington, Ky. Stonestreet announced the news via its Twitter page, noting that the 140-pound filly is the largest foal born on the farm this season to date.

Rachel Alexandra produced her first foal, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, in January 2012. The yearling is named Jess's Dream for the late Stonestreet owner Jess Jackson, who campaigned both champions.

Rachel Alexandra began her career racing for breeder Dolphus Morrison, winning five consecutive stakes races from the end of her 2-year-old season into the spring of her 3-year-old year. That series of races culminated with a 20 1/4-length romp in the Kentucky Oaks.

The week following Rachel Alexandra’s Oaks victory, the filly was privately purchased by Jess Jackson, with Harold McCormick buying a minority interest. Rachel Alexandra won four consecutive Grade 1 events for her new connections. She first defeated Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Preakness Stakes, becoming the first filly to win the second leg of the Triple Crown since 1924.

Following a 19 1/4-length romp against her divisional rivals in the Mother Goose Stakes, she defeated eventual champion 3-year-old male Summer Bird by six lengths in the Haskell Invitational. She then concluded an unbeaten campaign by defeating older males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, becoming the first female ever to win the event. In addition to the Horse of the Year title, Rachel Alexandra earned champion 3-year-old filly honors for 2009.

A Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed as a 4-year-old, Rachel Alexandra retired in 2010 with 13 wins from 19 career starts for earnings of $3,506,730.

Rachel Alexandra is the only starter out of the stakes-winning and Grade 2-placed Roar mare Lotta Kim. It is the family of stakes winners High Blues, Lotta Rhythm, Big Blue Caboose, Early Decision, Missy's Music, and Stamp Queen.

Bernardini stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Ky., where his advertised fee is $150,000 for 2013.

The 10-year-old A.P. Indy horse was named the champion 3-year-old colt of 2006, when he won five straight graded stakes events, including Grade 1 triumphs in the Preakness, Travers Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. From his first three crops of racing age, he is the sire of Grade/Group 1 winners Stay Thirsty, To Honor and Serve, Alpha, Biondetti, and A Z Warrior.

In a rarity for a stallion, Rachel Alexandra's new filly is Bernardini's second foal out of a Horse of the Year. The stallion is the sire of 2010 honoree Zenyatta's first foal, a colt born in March 2012.


 

Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Congratulations! So glad all seems well with mom and baby. :)
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Bernardini is surely the stallion king in the US. He gets the best of the broodmares. He is also making Darley a lot of money; $150,000 a pop. Wow!
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Bernardini is going to have a lot to say for stakes winning offspring.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Awesome photo of Rachel and her foal
Pat More than 1 year ago
My thoughts exactly...somethings are just needed to look at..that pic is a keeper..heartwarming.
Jon More than 1 year ago
Lil Zen told Jess's Dream": I can kick your butt and my mom can also kick your mom's butt too.
mikey More than 1 year ago
How about BURN RACHEL BURN
catinabox More than 1 year ago
And here's hoping they pick a better, more fitting name for this filly after the fiasco of "Jess's Dream" for the first baby.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Yes, that was a sappy name the first time around.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
The name of her first foal is atrocious. Such a regal horse's first should have been given a royal name.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Ata boy Bernie, keep them babies coming!