Yesterday, owner Jess Jackson announced that he was retiring 2009 horse of the year Rachel Alexandra. While this was not unexpected based on her performance this year, it is still bittersweet due to the promise that she showed last year.
The fact is, during 2010 the horse was never able to regain the magical form she showed during 2009 when she won the Preakness by over 20 lengths. She struggled in March during her comeback and I watched with sadness as she was not able to win the Personal Ensign in Saratoga.
After watching that race, it was clear she was not the same horse she once was. So now, we see if as a broodmare she can produce horses worthy of her lineage. We will see now if Jess Jackson was right in making that purchase after the Preakness for this is the time when Rachel can prove that she was worth all those millions Jackson paid a year and half ago.
Jess Jackson said he will breed Rachel to his other champion, Curlin. On paper that sounds like it will be a superstar horse. Time will tell. For now, we should remember Rachel as the champion she was on the track and anticipate her offspring as they come to the track.