SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Despite less than ideal conditions, Rachel Alexandra got in her final workout for Sunday&rsquo;s Grade 1 Personal Ensign when breezing a half mile in 48.80 seconds over a muddy and sealed Oklahoma training track on Monday morning.\r\nTrainer Steve Asmussen sent jockey Shaun Bridgmohan out to work a maiden 2-year-old named Malibu Cougar shortly after the training track opened to get a feel for the footing. Once assured the surface was safe, Asmussen then brought Rachel Alexandra out at her usual work time shortly before 6 a.m.\r\nWith Bridgmohan aboard, Rachel Alexandra broke off at the half-mile pole and went at an even pace throughout, posting opening and final quarter-mile splits of 24.40 before galloping out five-eighths in 1:03.18.\r\n&ldquo;I was very concerned about the weather but they did a good job with the racetrack,&rdquo; Asmussen said as Rachel Alexandra cooled out back at the barn. &ldquo;It was safe and she went over it well. Shaun did a great job getting her away from the pole and into a rhythm. She seemed really happy.&rdquo;\r\nRachel Alexandra opened her 2010 campaign with a pair of narrow losses in the New Orleans Ladies and Grade 2 La Troienne. But she&rsquo;s bounced back with easy wins in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap and Lady&rsquo;s Secret at Monmouth Park. The reigning Horse of the Year turned in the most memorable performance of her career here last summer when outgaming Macho Again and a field of males to capture the Grade 1 Woodward.\r\n\r\nNYRA video\r\n&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased with her right now,&rdquo; said Asmussen. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s a year older now and carries a little more weight than she did when she ran here last summer. She&rsquo;s more relaxed, happy, and loose. She knows what her job is now. Her last race was very good and hopefully this race will be a building block, a bridge, towards the rest of the year.&rdquo;\r\nRachel Alexandra is expected to face her stiffest test in the Personal Ensign from Grade 1 winner Life At Ten. The two favorites will head a compact lineup that is also expected to include Miss Singhsix and Classofsixtythree. Both Milwaukee Appeal and Persistently are listed as possible starters. \r\nTrainer Scott Fairlie said he would likely cross-enter Milwaukee Appeal in both the Personal Ensign and the Molly Pitcher, which is to be run the same day at Monmouth Park.\r\n&ldquo;I&rsquo;m still considering the Personal Ensign, although at this point I&rsquo;m probably leaning towards going to Monmouth,&rdquo; Fairlie said on Monday.\r\nIn her only previous start at Saratoga, Milwaukee Appeal finished a distant second last summer behind Careless Jewel in the Grade 1 Alabama.