2009 Horse of Year Rachel Alexandra retired

The owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra says his filly has been retired following a disappointing season in which she won only two of five races.

The popular 4-year-old filly won all eight of her races in 2009, including victories over the boys in the Preakness, the Haskell Invitational and the Woodward.

Co-owner Jess Jackson said Tuesday it’s time to ”retire our champion and reward her with a less stressful life.” Jackson says Rachel Alexandra will be bred to Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year. Jackson owns a majority stake in Curlin.

Rachel had 13 wins in 19 starts and earned more than $3.4 million. In her last start, she finished second to Persistently in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

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