Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky. has already welcomed in several foals this year, but none quite like the one born at the farm Tuesday. Rachel Alexandra, the seven-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro by Lotta Kim, gave birth to her second foal, a filly by Bernardini. The filly was born at 2:30 a.m. and tipped the scales at a whopping 140 pounds, the largest foal born at the farm so far this season. In comparison, Rachel Alexandra's first foal, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, weighed 125 pounds at birth.
Stonestreet Farm released the news of the birth through Twitter and its Facebook page, sharing several pictures of the filly. The dark bay filly sports a unique marking on her forehead that resembles a white heart (photos below).
As a three-year-old, Rachel Alexandra won the 2006 Kentucky Oaks by 20 1/4 lengths under the guidance of Calvin Borel. The following day Borel won the Kentucky Derby with longshot Mine That Bird. In a surprising move, Borel opted to ride Rachel Alexandra over the Derby winner in the Preakness Stakes two weeks later as she became the first filly to win the classic race. Rachel Alexandra took on the boys twice more (Grade 1 Haskel and Grade 1 Woodward Stakes), dominating in both. She ended her three-year-old campaign undefeated in eight starts for the year and became the first three-year-old filly to be named Horse of the Year.
Rachel Alexandra returned for her four-year-old campaign after several months away from training. Although she won the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs and the Lady's Secret at Monmouth Park, and placed in three other races, she was never able to attain the magnificence she showed the year before.
Bernardini only raced as a three-year-old, but like Rachel Alexandra, only needed one year to show his brilliance. He won the 2006 Preakness Stakes, Travers Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, all Grade 1 events. He also won the Grade 3 Withers and Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes. He finished his career second to Invasor in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
As a sire, the ten-year-old Bernardini has produced stakes champions such as Stay Thirsty, To Honor and Serve, and Alpha, to name a few. He also sired champion Zenyatta’s first foal, a colt born early last year.
Rachel Alexandra’s firstborn colt was named Jess's Dream after owner Barbara Banke held a naming contest seeking an appropriate moniker to honor her late husband and co-owner Jess Jackson. The colt celebrated his first birthday earlier this year and now resides at Stonestreet's Yearling Division in Versailles, Ky. No word on whether a naming contest will be held to decide the new filly’s name.
Photos: Stonestreet Farm