Rachel plans to square off against her own sex in the workplace of Belmont Park on June 27. Certain fillies aren't scared, just ask Mark Hennig, trainer of Don't Forget Gil.
"Mainly, she's training well, and she loves Belmont," Hennig said. "She's a pure route horse. Obviously, there's Rachel Alexandra, but we're going into the race with our eyes wide open. I'd rather race her here than ship elsewhere, and she could get a Grade 1 placing if she's lucky enough to hit the board."
Kiaran McLaughlin considers running Justwhistledixie against Rachel. The West Point filly may have the greatest pre-race scratch in the history of racing when she missed the Kentucky Oaks. Rachel only won by 20 lengths that day.
"We're trying to get another work into her," McLaughlin said. "If we can't, we're up in the air."
Maybe she'll be privy to the second greatest pre-race scratch in the history of racing.
I'd dodge Flo Jo too.