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Rachel Alexandra arrives at Belmont Park

ELMONT, N.Y. – Following an uneventful flight from Louisville, Ky., Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra arrived safely at Belmont Park late Tuesday afternoon for her next start, Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi, exercise rider Dominic Terry, the Stonestreet Stables security team, and four other thoroughbreds, Rachel Alexandra departed Churchill Downs at noon (EDT) for the 90-minute flight to Farmingdale, N.Y., and arrived at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn on the Belmont Park backstretch by van at about 4:30 p.m.

After a few turns around the shedrow to stretch her legs, and a bath, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was bedded down in stall No. 5 – the same stall previously occupied by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin – at 5:30 p.m.

“Four and a half hours, barn to barn, that’s pretty good,” said Blasi. “She’s a pretty good traveler, though – she’s shipped to Oaklawn Park, and the Fair Grounds, and of course to Baltimore.”

Rachel Alexandra, whose six-race winning streak includes her historic victory over the boys in the Preakness, will get her first tour of the Belmont Park oval Wednesday morning, and will likely school in the paddock Thursday afternoon between races.

The Mother Goose, which will be run for the 53rd time Saturday, is expected to attract a compact but talented field including Alan Brodsky’s multiple stakes-winner Don’t Forget Gil, off the board just once in eight starts; Godolphin Stable’s Flashing, with a three-race win streak of her own; and Edward P. Evans’ Malibu Prayer, who has won her last two starts by a combined margin of 20¼ lengths.

 

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