It was just announced that Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will NOT run in the June 6th Belmont Stakes. The first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years, Rachel Alexandra delivered a brilliant effort on May 16 to win the second leg of the of the Triple Crown series. She will be taking a “well deserved vacation” said her owner.
Pictures of the Preakness-winning filly were shot Friday by fashion photographer Steven Klein for the magazine’s August issue.
Rachel Alexandra had to be awakened in her stall at Churchill Downs when it was time for her star turn.
“Done photo shoots before, but first one for Vogue,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen who held the shank on the filly during the session.
The magazine spread grew out of a trip to the Preakness by Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
“She was there at the Preakness and was inspired, like so many other women were,” said Caroline Shaw, a spokeswoman for Jess Jackson, the filly’s majority owner.
There was no such star treatment for Mine That Bird. The Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up quietly galloped twice around the track sans photographers. Maybe GQ will want to do a spread.