Rachel Alexandra wins the Woodward Stakes

Saturday September 5, 2009: Saratoga Race Course

Rachel Alexandra and her jockey, Calvin Borel, enter the track for the Woodward Stakes post parade at Saratoga, September 5, 2009.
The start of the Woodward Stakes, in which the three-year-old filly raced against seven older male horses: Rachel Alexandra, second from left (yellow silks, #3) is between Cool Coal Man (far left) and Bullsbay (second from right.) Going to the lead, at far right, is Da'Tara.
Rachel Alexandra increases her lead in the stretch, followed by Macho Again, left, and Bullsbay.
Rachel Alexandra had won eight straight races, including the Preakness and the Haskell, both against males, before running in the 1 1/8 mile, Grade I Woodward Stakes, a race that no filly or mare had ever won.
Nearing the finish, Calvin Borel looks back at Macho Again, who came from last place to challenge Rachel repeatedly in the stretch.
Four-year-old Macho Again, ridden by Robby Albarado, comes closer than any of the others to catching Rachel Alexandra in the Woodward, but loses to her by a head. Bullsbay was third.
Accompanied by the outrider, Rachel and Calvin head toward the winner's circle.
Owner Jess Jackson embraces Calvin Borel after the race.
Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, sprays Rachel Alexandra with water after the race. At right is the filly's personal security guard, Amy Kearns.
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