Calvin Borel will ride Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Belmont Stakes after Rachel Alexandra’s owners announced Friday the filly would not compete in the third leg of the Triple Crown.
The Preakness winning filly’s co-owner Jess Jackson, said “We know the media and many fans would have liked to see her run in the Belmont Stakes – we feel the same,” Jackson said. “But all of us sincerely interested in the horse must agree that we only want to see her run when it is best for her.
“While she is in great shape, having strong works, and recovering well from her amazing performances, we feel Rachel deserves a well-earned vacation.”.
Rachel Alexandra is the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years..
Borel rode Mine That Bird to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness.