Rachel Alexandra defeated six rivals yesterday in the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
It was the second straight win for the reigning Horse of the Year following a pair of losses to start the season.
Calvin Borel was aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen as Rachel Alexandra beat Queen Martha by 3 lengths with Ask the Moon third.
The 4-year-old paid $2.20 to win. The time was 1:49.78 for the 1 1/8 miles on an oppressively hot afternoon.
It was a triumphant return to Monmouth, where Rachel Alexandra beat the boys last summer in the $1 million Haskell Invitational, one of the key victories that propelled her to the championship in an 8-0 campaign.
After a slow start this season with a pair of narrow losses, Rachel Alexandra seems back to her old dominant self. She rolled to a 10 1/2-length win in her previous outing, the Fleur De Lis Handicap at
Saratoga — Heavily favored Devil May Care took command leaving the stretch turn and drew away for a 4-length victory in the $250,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.
John Velazquez rode the Todd Pletcher-trained Devil May Care to her third straight victory over members of her own sex.
The Coaching Club Oaks, in which she ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.42 after being rated behind a moderate pace, was her fifth career win from eight career starts. Biofuel was a decisively beaten second and Acting Happy finished third of six.
Del Mar — Ridden by Victor Espinoza, The Usual Q.T. rallied from just off the pace to win the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes by 2 lengths. The Grade 1 race was The Usual Q.T.’s second straight win following his victory at Hollywood Park June 27.