Preakness wagering fans may get a chance to bet on the winner of the prestigious Kentucky Oaks against the Preakness odds. Rachel Alexandra would enter Preakness wagering action touted as the best filly since Ruffian.
She was just purchased by Jess Jackson and will be trained for a run against the Preakness odds by Steve Asmussen, after previously being trained by veteran Hal Wiggins.
Jackson cannot wait for Rachel Alexandra to produce a baby colt by Curlin for his future racing prospects but, for now, Preakness wagering appears to be what is immediately on the owner’s mind.
Jackson fell in love with Rachel Alexandra after her dominating run in the Kentucky Oaks, where she won by a whopping 20 lengths over the rest of the field to make for a strong Preakness wagering resume.
There is legitimate Preakness wagering concern, however, that bringing the filly to run against a strong field of colts so soon after the Kentucky Oaks may be dangerous.
A case can be made that after such a strong performance in the Kentucky Oaks, it would be wise to rest Rachel Alexandra and stay out of Preakness wagering action with a run in the Belmont Stakes being a more prudent plan. That would allow three additional weeks of rest and preparation after Preakness wagering on May 16.
Rachel Alexandra’s run in the Kentucky Oaks was so splendid that it is feared a run on the Preakness wagering board would be asking too much and that she would not have had enough time to recoup. Part of the concern of running Rachel Alexandra is that modern horses are not nearly as durable as the older generations.
Plus a filly had to be put down immediately after the 2008 Kentucky Derby which is still fresh on the minds of all horse racing fans and experts.
Rachel Alexandra was especially lively for the Kentucky Oaks and couldn’t wait to run as she was “galloping out” in her workouts and had to be slowed down. A Preakness run would be a great test but also potentially great value!
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