[Baltimore, May 16. Image via Getty.]

BALTIMORE - MAY 16: Jockey Calvin Borel riding Rachel Alexandra wins the 134th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Congratulations to Rachel Alexandra, who became the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years. "I think she's the greatest horse in the country," says her jockey, Calvin Borel, "That's colts, fillies, boys, whatever. She's an amazing filly." Derek Ryan, a trainer whose horse, Musket Man, lost to Rachel Alexandra today, agrees: "My horse ran well, but we got beat by a great one. She's a filly for the ages."

Filly Leads Early And Holds Off A Late Charge [NYTimes]