Stonestreet Farm and owner Barbara Banke are taking no chances with their 8-year-old champion mare Rachel Alexandra. Following serious foaling complications last year, it has been announced that she will not be bred this year. It is unknown if she will ever be bred again
Rachel Alexandra has…
"This is Man o’ War. He ran in twenty-one races and won twenty of them. A hoss named Upset beat him at Saratoga when he was turned sideways at the start. He beat that hoss bad afterward. As a three-year-old he ran in eleven races and won them all. He ran a mile in 1:35 4/5 and broke the track record. He won the Lawrence Realization by a hundred lengths and set a new record. There wasn’t anything to run with him when they retired him to stud, He is a great sire; he sired horses that have won three million dollars. There was American Flag, Crusader, Mars, Bateau, Battleship, Clyde Van Dusen, War Admiral, and War Relic.
The year War Admiral won the Derby he had four sons that were champions. War Admiral was the champion three-year-old, Battleship was the champion steeplechaser, Blockade was the champion timber hoss, and Holystone was the champion hunter.
Folks talk about ‘second Man o’ Wars’. There ain’t any second Man o’ Wars. This is the greatest hoss of them all. Nobody will ever know how good he was - there wasn’t anything to run with him. There ain’t ever been anything like him and maybe there won’t ever be again.”
- Will Harbut, speech to visitors at Faraway Farm
Happy retirement Flat Out!
He’s been on the track for 6 years, collected 6 graded stakes wins including the G1 Cigar Mile and back-to-back G1 JC Gold Cups, and been a constant presence on the biggest race days.
This is a very well-deserved and well-timed retirement.
photo source: NYRA