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“That filly’s a really nice filly. I like the way she won last time,” said jockey Gabriel Saez, who will ride Friesan Fire in the Preakness. “But she never ran against the boys. Let’s see. It’s gonna be a little more pressure on her this time.”

Pressure and expectations are nothing new for Rachel Alexandra and Borel. The two are unbeaten in five races together, and their Oaks triumph put Rachel Alexandra in the discussion of great fillies in horse racing history along with 2007 Belmont winner Rags to Riches and the undefeated Zenyatta.

“This filly here is something that we haven’t seen in horse racing for a while,” Jones said. “This filly might go down in the record book as being one of the nicest to ever [to be saddled for a Triple Crown race].”

And while trainers have expressed a desire not to have their horses compete against Rachel Alexandra, they recognized a filly making history in the Preakness would benefit the sport.

“It’s great for horse racing as a whole,” Stute said. “We need a little shot in the arm, and hopefully she’ll do it.”

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