Rachel Alexandra wins the Lady's Secret
Rachel Alexandra defeated six rivals Saturday in the $400,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park.
It was the second straight win for the reigning Horse of the Year following a pair of loses to start the season.
Calvin Borel was aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen as Rachel Alexandra beat Queen Martha by three lengths with Ask the Moon third.
The 4-year-old paid $2.20 to win. The time was 1:49.78 for the 1 1-8 miles on an oppressively hot afternoon.
It was a triumphant return to Monmouth where Rachel Alexandra beat the boys last summer in the $1 million Haskell Invitational, one of the key victories that propelled her to the championship in an 8-0 campaign.
After a slow start this season with a pair of a narrow loses, Rachel Alexandra seems back to her old dominant self. She rolled to a 10 1/2 length win in her previous outing, the Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.
That victory came on June 12, providing a six-week interval between starts. Her next start could come against fillies and mares in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Aug. 29. Another option might be a bid for a repeat win against the colts in Saratoga's Woodward Stakes on Sept. 4.
To lure Rachel Alexandra back to Monmouth, the Lady's Secret underwent a major overhaul. The race was originally slated for Aug. 1 with a purse of $150,000. The additional $250,000 was contingent on Rachel Alexandra competing in the race. The distance was also lengthened from 1 1-16 miles to 1 1-8.
The race comes a week before the Haskell, which will feature Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky.