Jockey set to ride Derby winner

Friday, May 29, 2009 7:38 PM
Last updated 7:51 PM
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not run in the Belmont Stakes, opening the way for jockey Calvin Borel to return to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in his quest for a personal Triple Crown.

Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra's co-owner, said today the spectacular filly "deserves a well-earned vacation."

Rachel Alexandra, the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years, had been set to work out Monday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and no announcement was expected until after that. But Jackson explained she simply needed a rest after running – and winning – four graded stakes races since March 14, including a dominating victory in the Kentucky Oaks.


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