“My hats off to her. She’s a talented, talented mare. Anyone else would have caved.” - Jockey, Mike Smith”

Rachel Alexandra (2006-)
“I was hoping she’d be trapped down in the inside. There we could throw a little dirt in her face… Rachel Alexandra will not be treated gently,” a rival trainer said. Rachel became the first horse to win the Preakness from the outside position of #13, and became the first filly to win the Preakness since 1924. Rachel wasn’t initially in the race. Her original owners believed Rachel should only run against other females. But when she was sold to Jess Jackson, of Kendall-Jackson winery, and Harold McCormick, her new owners decided she could run against the boys – and beat them. Calvin Borel, who rode her to the finish said, “She’s the best horse in the country right now, bar none.” Who has a little dirt in their face? Not Rachel.