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O.P. « 2010-Feb-11, 11:28 PM »

AP Sports Writer

The owner of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra says his filly won't run against Zenyatta in a $5 million race in Arkansas, but he's proposing a three-race series in which the leading ladies will meet.

Jess Jackson says he has been in discussions with the president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and hopes details can be worked out with the owners of Zenyatta.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Jackson says if training and racing schedules as well as purse money can be worked out, the three races would "rival the Triple Crown."

Jerry Moss, who co-owns Zenyatta with his wife Ann, was surprised by Jackson's announcement, and told The Associated Press: "I have no idea what he's even talking about. Which three races? And where? And when?"

A week ago, Oaklawn Park said it would boost the purse of the Apple Blossom on April 3 to $5 million from $500,000 if both horses competed.

"It's a shame they are not going to show up for that race," Moss said in a telephone interview with the AP. "In the meantime, there's some plan here, to run in three races, to which we're supposed to respond to, and we haven't even been consulted about it. So, I don't know what I'm supposed to say."

Moss did say Zenyatta remains on schedule to run in the Santa Margarita at Santa Anita on March 13, and then the Apple Blossom.

"Then we'll see what's next," Moss said, adding that the goal is to run in the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5-6. "The Breeders' Cup is something I honor. I believe that's where championships are decided."

Jackson, meanwhile, said he believes a series of races is the way to go, although he did not mention any races or racetracks he had in mind for the series that would conclude in November.

"The fans have spoken. The media has spoken. Everyone wants to see Rachel race against Zenyatta - including me," Jackson said. "In fact, I want it to happen several times this year."

The two champions have not met on the racetrack, and Rachel Alexandra beat out Zenyatta in voting for Horse of the Year.

Jackson's proposal calls for a three-race series that would conclude in November, the same month as the Breeders' Cup.

"Hopefully, these discussions will take place at the earliest possible time so that we can announce something that will give the fans a season to remember," Jackson said.

NTRA president Alex Waldrop said he supports any effort to put together a race featuring the sport's biggest stars.

"The NTRA will continue to do everything possible to facilitate a meeting or series of races between champions Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta," he said in a statement. "We look forward to further discussions with the connections of both horses."

Jackson passed on an invitation to the Apple Blossom because Rachel's trainer Steve Asmussen said the 4-year-old filly would not be in top form. Jackson said he asked for the race to be moved back a week, but Oaklawn officials declined the request.

"Out of respect for the level of competition and the importance of this race, I have told Mr. Jackson it was not in the best interest of the horse to race on April 3," Asmussen said. "Getting to this level of fitness after a six-month layoff takes time. If all goes according to schedule, and we do not have any further weather delays, the earliest we could have a prep race would be the middle of March. It is then not fair to Rachel to ask her to race again three weeks later."

Rachel won all eight of her starts last year, including victories against males in the Preakness Stakes, the Haskell Invitational and the Woodward Stakes. She was the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness.

Zenyatta was perfect in '09, too, and improved her career record to 14-0 by becoming the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.

http://www.thoroughbredinternet.com/newspage.php?newslink=http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/horse-racing/story/1473341.html

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« 2010-Feb-12, 01:04 PM Reply #1 »
Latest news is that the Apple Blossom has been rescheduled to April 9th and both horses are to run

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« 2010-Feb-12, 02:04 PM Reply #2 »
This is huge.

Imagine us lifting the Coolmore prize money for one year just so two horses could race each other.

And from $500,000 to $5 million.

I am looking more forward to this race than I am about any other race all year. Please Horse God, let them turn up healthy and in form.  Head to head market?

Z $1.80
RA $2

Thoughts?

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« 2010-Feb-12, 07:33 PM Reply #3 »
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« 2010-Feb-12, 07:35 PM Reply #4 »
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« 2010-Feb-12, 07:36 PM Reply #5 »
Surely RA holds all the tactical advantage here and should be favourite.


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« 2010-Feb-12, 07:41 PM Reply #6 »
Fantastic news, what racing fans have been crying for. Some have already criticised the date, it's a Friday and will be run when many are still at work. But at least the race is on!

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« 2010-Mar-13, 06:06 PM Reply #7 »
Zenyatta and Rachel primed for return
 By Nicholas Godfrey 5:41PM 12 MAR 2010

Preview: USA, Saturday

Fair Grounds: New Orleans Ladies 1m˝f, dirt, 4yo+ fillies and mares (11.15pm GMT)

Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (Grade 1) 1m1f, AW, 4yo+ filles and mares (11.36pm GMT)

THE phoney war betweenAmerican racing's two superstar females reaches a crucial stage on Saturday.

Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta make their seasonal debut - at separate tracks, barely 20 minutes but a couple of thousand miles away apart.

The US racing community is on tenterhooks this weekend hoping nothing goes awry three weeks before the  highly anticipated $5 million showdown between the two superstars in the Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas on Friday April 9.

Rachel Alexandra, voted American horse of the year for 2009 at the expense of her arch-rival, is first off the blocks in a $200,000 event specially carded for her at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Zenyatta's trainer John Shirreffs saddles her main opponent among just four rivals in Grade 2 winner Zardana - and soon afterwards at home in California, his spectacular Breeders' Cup Classic winner bids to extend her unbeaten record to 15 in the Grade 1 Santa MargaritaInvitational at Santa Anita.

Although Rachel Alexandra faces a small field of overmatched rivals in the New Orleans Ladies, trainer Steve Asmussen has warned that she will need the run after a six-month layoff following the last of her eight wins as a three-year-old in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, one of three times she beat the colts last season.

Rachel Alexandra

The daughter of Medaglia D'Oro, who will be ridden by regular rider Calvin Borel, has reportedly been a little held up by the wet winter in New Orleans.

"We need this to be a stepping-stone and a prep," Asmussen said, speaking to the Daily Racing Form. "We want a good, physical exertion. There's going to be a lot in Calvin's hands."

Rachel Alexandra will break from gate two, outside likely pacemaker Fighter Wing - while the presence of the speedy Shirreffs-trained Zardana adds intrigue. She could easily be sent to dog Rachel Alexandra, who likes to race forwardly.

Locally-based Glenn Delahoussaye, trainer of Clear Sailing, is hoping tocatch America's sweetheart before she is ready to bring her A-game.

"The question we all have is, 'How good is she right now?'" he said.

On paper, Zenyatta faces a much more testing assignment first time out at Santa Anita, where she must give away between 12lb and 19lb to some talented fillies, including Grade 2 winners.

Zenyatta will carry 9st 1lb in this $250,000 event on the Pro-Ride. On the plus side, jockey Mike Smith reckons shemay be even better than last year following her ‘unretirement' - and workwatchers have been more than impressed with her recent efforts.

Nevertheless, Smith is concerned about the weight concession.

"It is quite a bit of weight to start out the year with," he said.
"But fortunate for us, she's a big mare and she carries the weight very well. So, hopefully, it won't bother her too much and I think she's going to run big first timeback.

"I mean she's really ready. She's ready for something right now and she's certainly training like it anyway."

Zenyatta's rivals include former British-trained Gripsholm Castle, now with former handler Henry Cecil's nephew Ben in California. Mind you, he seems to be running up the white flag before they start.

"Obviously, anything can happen in these races, but that's really what everyone else is in there for, to get a Grade 1 placing," he said. "There can't be anyone going in there thinking they can beat Zenyatta."

Of the others, both Pretty Unusual and Striking Dancer are recent Grade 2 winners.

Blue Square have priced up the Apple Blossom, making Rachel Alexandra their 8-11 favourite to beat Zenyatta (evens).



Hope they both get there unbeaten - this is going to be HUGE.

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« 2010-Mar-13, 06:33 PM Reply #8 »
If you're going to combine the threads, at least take the reference to a three match race series out of the thread title as that proposal is redundant.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 07:49 AM Reply #9 »
What time are these on this morning...anyone? Struggling to find the race on the Betfair live videos.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 08:06 AM Reply #10 »
Rachel Alexandra at 10:15 AEDST.

Zenyatta at 10:37 AEDST.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 08:18 AM Reply #11 »
When I looked last night the RA meeting wasn't being covered by Betfair.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 08:43 AM Reply #12 »
If you register with Fairgrounds Racecourse you'll be able to at least see a reply of RA.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 08:53 AM Reply #13 »
Thanks Wenona & Stuey.

Will keep searching and post a link if I can find it.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:07 AM Reply #14 »
The link for a live stream of both is http://www.ntra.com but the site isn't coping with the traffic. Good luck.

The Fairgrounds Racecourse site has a live chat facility where they give the numbers in the run, otherwise it might be the replay.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:10 AM Reply #15 »
ntra.com
has broadcast

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:12 AM Reply #16 »
Sites down I think

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:16 AM Reply #17 »
 Replay at fgno.com fairly quick after the race.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:17 AM Reply #18 »
It's close ... she's 1/9 on the tote.

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:21 AM Reply #19 »
Shit, Zardana beats RA by 3/4L.  :(

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:23 AM Reply #20 »
First bubble bursts!

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:26 AM Reply #21 »
Sign up to calracing.com and watch Zenyatta. Awesome pics!

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:27 AM Reply #22 »
Crowd clapping at Zenyatta 1/9!

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:29 AM Reply #23 »
What an entrance... crowd went nuts!

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« 2010-Mar-14, 09:33 AM Reply #24 »
They just had a trumpeter on track in a red suit nd tophat   :lol:


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