06/27/2009 11:00PM

Rachel ships to Saratoga after latest triumph


Rachel Alexandra came out of her record-setting performance in Saturday's Grade 1 Mother Goose in good order and was shipped by van Sunday morning to Saratoga, where she will train this summer while her connections plot out their next move.

"She shipped great" said assistant trainer Scott Blasi, who accompanied Rachel Alexandra to Saratoga."She's settled into Curlin's old stall, which is now her stall, right next to my office."

In capturing her seventh straight race, Rachel Alexandra won Saturday's Mother Goose by a record 19 1/4 lengths, eclipsing the mark of 13 1/2 lengths set by Ruffian in 1975. Her final time of 1:46.33 for 1 1/8 miles set a Mother Goose Stakes record, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:46.58 set by Lakeway in 1994. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 111, three points higher than the figures she earned winning the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness.

"She recovered very well," Blasi said. "She seemed strong [Saturday] and was starving when we fed her last night, and ate everything this morning, as well."

A bevy of races are possible for Rachel Alexandra, beginning as early as July 19 with the $1 million Delaware Handicap against older fillies and mares, the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont on July 25, and the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2 against 3-year-old males.

"I'm just going to worry about her health and happiness, and then we'll sit down and decide what's best for her," trainer Steve Asmussen said.