Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, aiming once again for an anticipated confrontation with her older rival Zenyatta in Oaklawn's Grade I Apple Blossom April 9, worked Friday morning at Fair Grounds in advance of her scheduled seasonal bow March 13 in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies.
The four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro completed a five-furlong move in 1:03.80 over a track rated sloppy.
"We worked a couple of horses Thursday and the track was sealed very well, so we went ahead with her work this morning," said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. "She galloped out well. We wanted to keep her in her rhythm. We wanted to stay in our routine. I was very happy with how she was moving."
With regular exercise rider Dominic Terry in the irons, Rachel Alexandra recorded the move with splits of 13.40, 26.20, 38.60 and 51.60.
"That means she did the last eighth in (12.20)," said Fair Grounds clocker Billy Pettingill. "She looked great doing the work and she looked great the whole time she was out there."
Rachel Alexandra's prep race, the inaugural running of the New Orleans Ladies, is for older fillies and mares is to be contested at 11⁄16-miles.
"I believe she's on schedule and she'll get the race she needs before she goes to Oaklawn," owner Jess Jackson told Fair Grounds by phone Thursday evening.
American Lion, Tiz Chrome get two-turn test
American Lion and Tiz Chrome, both sons of Tiznow, will each gain their baptism around two turns Saturday in the Grade II, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes over 1 1⁄16 miles at Santa Anita Park.
American Lion is coming off two victories at seven furlongs, his latest in the Grade III Hollywood Prevue last Nov. 21.
"You've got to go two turns for the first time at some point, so this is it for him," trainer Eoin Harty said of American Lion. "But you never know if they can be successful until they do it."
Unbeaten Tiz Chrome has raced but twice, winning his six-furlong debut at Churchill Downs last Nov. 1 by 3 ¼ lengths and the Stuka Stakes at Hollywood Park by four lengths on Dec. 19.
WinStar's Rule headlines Sam F. Davis
Rule, winner of the Grade III Delta Jackpot Stakes last December, makes his 2010 debut in the Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Rule has never finished worse than third in his five lifetime starts and looks for his third stakes victory in the a 1 1⁄16 miles test.
Uptowncharlybrown comes into the Sam F. Davis Stakes undefeated having won his two previous starts by a combined 15 lengths, including a victory in January's $75,000 Pasco Stakes.