Rachel Alexandra Wins The 2009 Preakness Stakes. Mine That Bird Comes In Second.
Rachel Alexandra Lives Up To The Hype
Oftentimes, racehorses never live up to the hype surrounding them. And other times, they actually do.
Today, Rachel Alexandra, the heavily favored filly, lived up to the hype, and basically lead the whole race from start to finish.
I found it interesting this week that there was some question about whether or not Rachel Alexandra should race since she's a filly. Personally, I thought even the discussion of that was stupid. I mean, if there were a woman who was talented enough to play in the NBA or MLB or NFL, I wouldn't have any problem with that. I want to see the best damn athletes in the world competing, period.
The thing is that in most pro sports, men simply happen to be the best athletes, but in horse racing, the field is more equal. There are fillies out there, like Rachel Alexandra, who really are awesome horses. Let 'em race!
I should also point out that Mine That Bird impressed as well. The Derby winner, who some thought was a fluke winner, gave a late charge to almost overtake Rachel Alexandra. Mine That Bird proved how legit he was today, and had this race been the Belmont, he probably would have won it.
Of course, that's the next big question. Will we see Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra square off again at Belmont? Gotta say, after Rachel Alexandra's performance today, where she died a bit on the stretch run, that I wouldn't like her odds at Belmont. Mine That Bird though, he had a late burst today, which you wonder if he could repeat at Belmont.
Either way, we'll see in three weeks.