The Mother Goose started out with just five entries, but two of them scratched in anticipation of Rachel Alexandra trouncing the field. She did, winning by 19 ¼ lengths over Edward P. Evans’ Malibu Prayer.
Evans’ filly, by Malibu Moon out of Grand Prayer by Gand Slam, broke her maiden in April at Aqueduct by 13 lengths and then won an allowance at Philadelphia Park by 7 ¼ lengths. Credit Evans, manager Chris Baker and trainer Todd Pletcher for picking a good spot to get a nice filly some Gr.1 black type.
A filly named Flashing (Godolpin Stables) will forever enjoy having “3rd $300,000 Mother Goose S. Gr.1” in her pedigree. Nowhere will it say she was beaten 32 ½ lengths in a field of just three starters.