The stunning Rachel Alexandra that is.
The BloodHorse.com reported on Monday that the superfilly had her first breeze this past weekend at Fair Grounds racetrack since winning last year's Woodward Stakes (gr. 1) at Saratoga. Apparently her connections are keeping relatively mum about the course of Rachel's 2010 campaign, but some are whispering that a match-up with Zenyatta could be inevitable. Perhaps Oaklawn Park will be the meeting place for the two champions...it announced this week that it will be holding an invitation only breakfast on February 4th to detail its plans for an upcoming "Race of the Ages." What else could it be???
And a few updates on the Michael Gill situation that began unfurling last week. Apparently the beleaguered owner has been ejected from competing at Penn National due to an unusually high number of his horses breaking down during racing or training. Jockeys at Penn refused to ride in races with Gills' horses after two breakdown incidents last week, and demanded an investigation. Gill has told the media he plans to sell off all the horses in his stable to "prove" that the track surface at Penn is the problem, not the fitness of his horses. Regardless, it's refreshing to see the industry truly stepping up to deal with the issue in a swift and certain way. I will keep you Equine Readers apprised of future developments.