SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Back in her summer home at Saratoga, filly Rachel Alexandra is set to begin training for her next race.
Which race that will be won't be determined for another two weeks, trainer Steve Asmussen indicated Monday as he watched the regal Rachel walk off a van just before 9 a.m.
Less than 15 hours earlier, racing's leading lady easily beat the boys for a second time in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park — her eighth consecutive victory and 10th in 13 career starts.
"We'll see how much (the Haskell) took out of her; she's a very anxious horse," Asmussen said. "We'll see how she acts on the track. With Rachel, she is the topic of conversation all the time."
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Options for her next race are plentiful, and they all appear to be at Saratoga Race Course. Among those under consideration are the Travers Stakes on Aug. 29 for a possible matchup of all three Triple Crown race winners; the Personal Ensign on Aug. 30 against older females; and the Woodward Stakes on Sept. 5 against horses 3 and older.
Mine That Bird also arrived at Saratoga on Monday after a seven-hour van ride from West Virginia. Trainer Chip Woolley is at the Spa for the first time, preparing his gelding for the Travers.
"I couldn't be more excited to be here. Driving through Saratoga, it looked beautiful," Woolley said.
Summer Bird's trainer, Tim Ice, said plans call for his colt to arrive at the Spa on Tuesday.