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Jul 30, 2010

Rachel Alexandra gains spot in poll after Monmouth victory

By: SPORTS NETWORK


 

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra moved into third in the latest NTRA National Thoroughbred Poll. The four-year- old filly advanced one position following a win Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Owned by Stonestreet Stable and Hal McCormick, Rachel Alexandra won the $400,000 Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park by three-lengths. The win moved her up in the poll from fourth to third with 125 points.

Champion mare Zenyatta holds steady in first with 15 first-place votes and 182 points. The undefeated six-year-old will have her next start on Saturday, August 7 at Del Mar in the Clement L. Hirsch, a race she has won the last two years.

Four-year-old colt Quality Road is second in the voting with four first-place votes and 171 points. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Quality Road is set to start in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course also on August 7.

Stephen Foster Handicap winner Blame fell one spot to fourth with 124 points. He is also slated for the Whitney Handicap.

Preakness champ Lookin At Lucky remains in fifth with 94 points. Trainer Bob Baffert is preparing the colt for Sunday's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth.

Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti stays in sixth with 67 points. The 2009 champion turf and older male will defend his title in next month's Arlington Million.

Five-year-old mare Tuscan Evening is seventh with 47 points.

Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck advances one rung to eighth with 42 points. The three-year-old filly is being pointed to the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in late August.

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver drops from eighth to ninth with the same 41 points as last week.

Devil May Care enters the top 10 off her victory Saturday in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. The three-year-old filly received 30 points and will likely face Blind Luck in the Alabama.



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