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Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra completed her serious preparation for a planned return to competition on Saturday with a half-mile work on a cool late spring Monday at Churchill Downs.
Now all that is left to be determined is which race she will be running in.
Giant Oak signaled his readiness for Saturday's 29th running of the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) by working a bullet five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast track after the renovation break Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been assigned 118 pounds by Churchill Downs racing secretary Ben Huffman for next Saturday's 29th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
With jockey Robby Albarado aboard, West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again completed his major preparations for next Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over a fast track Friday morning after the renovation break.
With Alex Solis aboard for the first time, owner-trainer Tom McCarthy's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) winner General Quarters worked five furlongs in 1:01 over a fast track after the renovation break Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
In his second workout since returning to Churchill Downs, 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner Mine That Bird worked a half-mile in :48 with jockey Calvin Borel up.
Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick's Rachel Alexandra, America's reigning ‘Horse of the Year' and champion 3-year-old filly, turned in one of her strongest works since her return to serious training and racing when she breezed six furlongs in a blistering 1:11.20 on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Atta Boy Roy had an adventurous run in Saturday's Aristides (GIII).
He lost his footing at the break, spotting the field several lengths, rushed up to take the lead and then grudgingly gave way to the victorious Riley Tucker in the final eighth of a mile.
STEPHEN FOSTER CONTENDERS BLAME, MACHO AGAIN WORK - Preparation time for the 29th running of Churchill Downs' $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) is dwindling and two of the major players in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up tuned up for the June 12 test with Saturday works.
ARISTIDES RUN A STEP TOWARD THE BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR ATTA BOY ROY - Veteran trainer Valorie Lund scored the first graded stakes win of her 27-year career when R.E.V Racing's Atta Boy Roy pulled off a front-running upset in the $250,000-added Churchill Downs Stakes (Grade II) over a sloppy Churchill D