'Super horse' set for birth

2011-03-08 08:01

Lexington - Jess Jackson's "super horse" is a reality now that Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, is in foal after being mated two weeks ago with 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, Curlin.

Jackson had dreamed of the offspring from the two formidable race horses long before he purchased Rachel Alexandra after her 2009 Kentucky Oaks victory and his Stonestreet Farms announced the pregnancy on Monday.

The due date for Rachel Alexandra to give birth to what Jackson dubbed the "super horse" is next February 1, which means the horse would be three years old, and thus eligible for the American Triple Crown series, in 2015.

Rachel Alexandra was the first filly in more than 80 years to win the Preakness in 2009, taking the second leg of the Triple Crown during an eight-race unbeaten streak.

Curlin and Rachel Alexandra were introduced on February 21 in a breeding shed at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.

Curlin, the all-time US prize money leader with more than $10.5 million in earnings, won the 2007 Preakness and retired after finishing fourth in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic, his only career finish outside the top three.

Europe's similar dream pairing took place last year when unbeaten 2008 Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava was successfully mated with the 2009 Arc winner and Epsom Derby victor Sea The Stars.