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Celebrating Rachel Alexandra: 2009 Horse of the Year enters Hall of Fame on Friday

Rachel Alexandra earns the first of what would be nine career graded stakes victory for her career when she won the Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, 2008.
Rachel Alexandra earns the first of what would be nine career graded stakes victory for her career when she won the Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, 2008.

This Friday, Racing’s Hall of Fame will open its hallowed doors to two of the greatest female runners ever to grace the sport when 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta are inducted. The two never met on the racetrack but debates still rage among their fans over what might have been had they ever shared a starting gate.

Bred by Dolphus Morrison, Rachel Alexandra cemented her place in the Hall of Fame with a 3-year-old campaign that will likely not been seen again in our lifetimes. From her record-setting Kentucky Oaks victory to her three wins against males rivals, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro established herself as a filly for the ages capable of running all rivals into the ground with her remarkable, tactical speed. Originally trained by Hal Wiggins and later conditioned by Steve Asmussen — who is also part of the 2016 Hall of Fame class — Rachel Alexandra won 13 of 19 career starts including five Grade I triumphs with career earnings of $3,506,730.

Friday’s induction ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It will be streamed online at racingmuseum.org and will be broadcast live on the Horse Racing Radio Network.

Alicia Wincze Hughes: 859-231-1676, @horseracinghl

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