By Deb Aronson

When a bit foal with a white upside-down exclamation element on her brow used to be born one morning in Kentucky, the center of America's horse racing sector, difficulties fixed quick. Rejected via her mom, the filly would have to be approved and nursed through one other mare. As she grew, the tall, knock-kneed woman remained thin and scruffy, with paltry muscle mass. thought of an "ugly duckling," she was once wrong as a champion racehorse, her proprietor proclaimed, and has to be offered. yet days sooner than the sale, an exam published a scientific condition—now she was once very unlikely to promote! What could develop into of this challenge filly?

Alexandra the Great tells one of many maximum underdog stories in American sports—the tale of Rachel Alexandra, who grew as much as turn into essentially the most striking racehorses in historical past. regardless of dominating each filly her age, her proprietor refused to allow her compete opposed to male horses. while a brand new proprietor observed her strength and raced her opposed to higher, better men, Rachel Alexandra thrived and went directly to win the Preakness, the 1st filly to take action in eighty five years, and the Woodward, a feat by no means sooner than completed by way of a filly. Having grown right into a robust, muscular, dominating athlete, Rachel Alexandra used to be named 2009 Horse of the 12 months, broke documents, graced the pages of Vogue magazine, and confirmed humans around the globe precisely what it capability to "run like a girl."
Including brilliant information gleaned from interviews with Rachel Alexandra's proprietors, veterinarian, cherished jockey Calvin Borel, and more, Alexandra the Great provides readers an exhilarating and emotional examine either the people and horses who pour their hearts and souls into the realm of Thoroughbred education and racing.

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