Just when you thought horse racing in America couldn’t get more exciting. Hold on to your seats.
After being pushed aside like the step child of the sports world, horse racing is making its way back to the forefront of sports coverage once again.
Mine That Bird graced the cover of Sports Illustrated after winning the Kentucky Derby at 50-1, with a courageous ride from jockey Calvin Borel, putting a horse back on the cover for the first time in over four years.
Now the superstar filly, Rachel Alexandra has been sold to Stonestreet Stables, majority owners of two-time horse of the year, Curlin –and Harold T. McCormick of Birmingham, Alabama, from owners Mike Lauffer and Dolphus Morrison of L and M Partners, LLC.
As agreed by both parties, terms of the deal were kept confidential. Although, rumors have it that the sale price was in the neighborhood of ten million dollars.
“We are delighted to sell Rachel Alexandra to Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables,” Morrison said in the release. “Its reputation for integrity, putting the best interest of the horses above all else, and just doing things right will ensure this incredible Thoroughbreds’ future and the industry at large.”
Rachel Alexandra’s graded stakes victories include the 2008 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II), 2009 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), and 2009 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II). Bred in Kentucky by Morrison, and of course, the (gr.1) Kentucky Oaks. Bred in Kentucky By Dolphus Morrison, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’oro -Lotta Kim, by Roar, is 7-5-2 in 10 lifetime starts with $958,354.
“Rachel Alexandria is one of the best horses in racing today,” said Stonestreet’s Jess Jackson. “She is fast, strong and durable - the traits we should all be breeding into all future generations of racehorses.” Her beauty and athleticism will thrill thousands of fans.”
Also included in the press release was a statment from Jackson that once retired from horse racing, Rachel Alexandria will be bred to Curlin.
“We are tremendously excited by the prospect of one day seeing the offspring of Curlin and Rachel Alexandra,” Jackson said. “But for now, the story of this filly is still being written. My four daughters and granddaughter will be delighted this super filly will race in our colors.”
New questions will now need answers. Will we soon be seeing a match between Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandria? If so, which horse will jockey Calvin Borel pick to ride? He’s currently the winning jockey of both horses. Furthermore, will Calvin Borel even be given the opportunity to ride the filly at all by the new ownership?
After doing such a masterful job, will trainer Hal R. Wiggins continue to manage Rachael Alexandria’s racing career?
This is not only exciting news for the future of horse racing but also creates some needed much needed, sustained interest from sports fans and media from around the world. Once again putting racing back in the spotlight. Horse racing hasn’t had this many twists in recent memory. Keep reading for the answers!