LOUISVILLE — Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will head back to the races Saturday in the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.
The 11⁄8-mile race for fillies and mares will be Rachel Alexandra's first start since finishing second in the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs on April 30.
The superstar 4-year-old has struggled this year after going unbeaten in 2009 on her way to Horse of the Year honors. She has finished second in both of her starts.
Owner Jess Jackson said he's been impressed by Rachel Alexandra's recent workouts at Churchill Downs and still hopes to have her run in the Breeders' Cup there in November.
Calvin Borel has the mount.
Rachel Alexandra is the 2-5 morning-line favorite in the field of five and will carry the high weight of 124 pounds and concede 7-11 pounds to her rivals.
The rest of the field includes Made for Magic (10-1), Distinctive Dixie (12-1), Jessica Is Back (14-1) and Multipass (15-1).
Stephen Foster field set
Battle Plan is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The field of 11 was drawn Wednesday and includes such other notables as Blame (5-2), General Quarters (4-1), Duke of Mischief (6-1), Macho Again (8-1) and Arson Squad (8-1).
Three new Hall of Famers
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A longtime West Coast trainer, a leading jockey in the 1960s and '70s, and a champion horse from the 1870s are the new inductees into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
The Hall announced Wednesday that trainer Michael Ernest "Buster" Millerick, jockey Don Pierce and Thoroughbred Harry Bassett have been chosen for induction by the Historic Review Committee.
Millerick's nearly 50-year career included seven seasons training Hall of Famer Native Diver, whose 37 wins included three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cups. Pierce rode for some of his era's top trainers and led all North American jockeys with 32 stakes wins in 1973. Harry Bassett, a son of Lexington, was champion at age 2 in 1870 and unbeaten champion at 3.