Preakness Winner Rachel Alexandra Won't Run in Belmont

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2009 5:54 PM CDT
Jockey Calvin Borel, front, gestures after riding Rachel Alexandra to victory in the Preakness Stakes, May 16, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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. Co-owner Jess Jackson said today the filly "deserves a well-earned vacation."

Borel was the mount for both Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby and Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness. He was set to ride her again in the June 6 Belmont, but Mine That Bird's trainer Chip Woolley had said he was prepared to wait if there was a chance Borel could become available again.