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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 30, 2010

Horse racing: Rachel Alexandra loses second straight race

AP Racing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Rachel Alexandra has lost again.

The reigning Horse of the Year was beaten in her return to Churchill Downs on Friday, losing a stretch duel to Unrivaled Belle in the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes.

It was the 4-year-old filly's second loss this year, both times as the heavy favorite. Rachel Alexandra was sent off as the 1-5 favorite Friday, but came up short under Calvin Borel.

She was upset in her season debut in New Orleans last month, causing co-owner Jess Jackson to pull her out of a matchup with female rival Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park.

A year ago to the day, Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks by an astonishing 20 lengths, then went on to beat the boys in the Preakness Stakes.