09/19/2014 3:22PM

Rachel Alexandra's son Jess's Dream has first Belmont work

Barbara D. Livingston
Jess's Dream, here training at Saratoga, worked three furlongs at Belmont on Friday.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Jess’s Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and by 2007-08 Horse of the Year Curlin, worked three furlongs in 36.84 seconds Friday morning over Belmont’s main track. It was the juvenile colt’s first work since he arrived in trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn.

Jess’s Dream, owned by Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stable, worked outside of stablemate Good Pick Nick, finishing slightly ahead of him at the wire.

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Jess’s Dream had worked six times at Stonestreet Farm before joining McLaughlin’s stable in early August at Saratoga. McLaughlin said Jess’s Dream sustained a minor injury to his left front foot. McLaughlin said Jess’s Dream was equipped with an aluminum pad and was able to remain in training but just didn’t have a workout.

“It was sore, we put an aluminum pad over it, and we never missed a day after that, and we just kept on going,” McLaughlin said. “I really didn’t want to work with an aluminum pad on, so it’s off. We’ll carry on now.”

McLaughlin didn’t rule out Jess’s Dream making his debut at Aqueduct.

Jess’s Dream’s first local work came exactly one week after Cozmic One, the first foal out of the champion Zenyatta, had his first local breeze.

Jan Stein More than 1 year ago
Fantastic news!
Andrea Bouwkamp More than 1 year ago
Why are people bickering over RA and Zen again? This article is about "Taco". Let it go people. Seriously.
Drayton Nay More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta never beat males on dirt.... and never won in NY, KY or FL... she was a regional poly champion.... who cares.
READING101 More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta never beat males on dirt? She won the breeders cup classic on dirt over males carrying 124 pounds.....
Electra Boone More than 1 year ago
You must be insane for saying that, she was undefeated in 19 races, beating males in almost every single one of them. If you don't know anything about Zenyatta's races, I wouldn't even post.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MARK Is the reason you're bitter is cause you live with your mom in a trailer park? Am praying her computer will break so you won't be able to post for awhile.
Jack More than 1 year ago
DJ and the others who seek to bring this up again - this article is about the offspring of RA. Since it had to brought up again, I submit the following: I would suggest that Rachel was seriously juiced by "Assmussen" and that this affected her internally. Her inability to not make any more babies is a tragedy. Jess Jackson was an ego maniac (I am sorry to speak ill of the dead) who pushed RA into early retirement and poor long-term health. We all know that her "campaign" is what destroyed any remaining talent for her 4 year old season. On the other hand, Zen's people took their time and followed the money for the BC. It wasn't their fault that the BC was in CA for 2 years in a row and that it was on poly track. Zen's loss to Blame wasn't really a loss. She showed more in that race than in any other. She was over 38 lengths out of the race and Blame got a perfect trip on his home track by Gomez; I would hardly call this a defeat. Now, at least their offspring have the opportunity to take over where their "momma's" left off. I pray that RA is fully recovered from whatever damage was done to her by her handlers. I do not believe she can have any more babies. At least their babies have the opportunity to take over where their "mommies" left off. I pray that RA is fully recovered from the damage that was done to her and that her baby/s will be in the hands of people like McLaughlin. I do not consider training in an aluminum pad to be good news and am glad that it is off now. Why they didn't stop on this baby with a bad left front is a question that remains un-answered.
mike More than 1 year ago
TOTALLY AGREE!!!!! Good comments and yes what you're saying I think also. Many post from me on several threads in RA's three yr old season stating I knew this horse would be ruined.
Drayton Nay More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta never beat males on dirt and never won in NY KY or Florida. She was a regional poly champion.... who cares ?
Susan Earl More than 1 year ago
I'm so excited about this horse. Have his picture from Saratoga...Want him to win of course, it certainly is in his blood. Hope he is healthy in his career.
Em Duett More than 1 year ago
I truly wish this colt success on the track, especially since Rachel will not be bred again. But I still hate the name -- a horse needs a great name!
Michelle Ross More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to see him race......
DJ More than 1 year ago
In 2009, Rachel beat every horse in every HOY Eclipse Category except for older female. If one suggests that Rachel's victories were against soft competition, Zen's would have to be softer since she beat the older males once and the rest were victories over females in her category.
mike More than 1 year ago
lol really?
Jimmy Powell More than 1 year ago
We'll be watchin ! jlp