SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.37 on a foggy Monday morning on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, after which trainer Steve Asmussen said discussions would begin “in earnest” on where the Preakness-winning filly would make her next start.

Owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick, Rachel Alexandra is nominated to four Grade 1 races at Saratoga, two against females and two against males: the $600,000 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, the $1 million Shadwell Travers against 3-year-old colts and geldings on August 29, the $400,000 Personal Ensign against fillies and mares on August 30, and the $500,000 Woodward against older males on September 5.

“There are no races eliminated,” said Asmussen, who will also nominate the filly, who is 7-for-7 this year, to the Pennsylvania Derby on September 7. “I will text [message] Jess as to how the work went, he’ll call me, and we’ll discuss what we’re going to do. We’ll digest where we’re at and try to do the best thing for Rachel.”

With exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard, Rachel Alexandra went to the track shortly before 6 a.m. for the work, the fastest of 18 at the distance. Watching through the mist, along with dozens of fans and members of the media, was her regular jockey, Calvin Borel, who stood with Asmussen along the rail.

“She looked beautiful coming down the lane,” said Asmussen. “I saw her approaching the eighth pole and past the wire down to the turn. And the words [that] came out of Dominic’s mouth: ‘Never better.’”

If she does not run in Saturday’s 1¼-mile Alabama, said Asmussen, Rachel Alexandra will work again next week, also on the training track.

“There are no plans to work her on the main track,” said the trainer. “She won at Monmouth Park [Haskell Invitational] training here and for the Mother Goose [at Belmont Park] training here.”

Working at 5:30 Monday morning was Jackson’s 3-year-old Jim Dandy winner Kensei, who is also under consideration for the 1¼ -mile Travers. The colt went five furlongs in 1:01.85.

“Kensei worked very well,” said Terry, who was also aboard the colt. “I didn’t think a horse could work better than the first set, then she went out. I don’t have to ask her for anything; just hold on and let her do her thing. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

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After watching Rachel Alexandra, jockey Calvin Borel crossed Union Avenue and climbed aboard A. Stevens Miles’ Warrior’s Reward, breezing him five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.26 over the main track.

The move was the fastest of a dozen at the distance.

“He’s on schedule; he was ready to work,” said trainer Ian Wilkes. “I wanted a nice, focused, solid work from him. I was pleased with it. Calvin was pleased with the way the horse worked and galloped out strongly.”

Warrior’s Reward has finished behind Kensei twice in his past two starts: a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and a third-place finish after stumbling at the start as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Dwyer.

“I want to keep him moving forward off his last race with this work,” Wilkes said. “Now, we just have to do some maintenance work, make sure he’s OK and comes out of it fine. You always have to worry about that. Any time you have to work them, you always want to make sure they’re OK.”

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Chiefswood Stable’s Magical Affair, a 3-year-old $1.5 million Giants Causeway filly, is out for the year after injuring herself Friday following a five-furlong workout at Saratoga. A contender for the Grade 1 Alabama on the dirt and Grade 2 Lake Placid on the turf, she suffered a condylar fracture in her right front leg and was treated at the Saratoga Equine Veterinary Hospital.

“They fixed it Friday at Dr. (Bill) Barnes’ clinic, and you hope for the best,” trainer Michael Matz said.

Magical Affair finished second to Grade 1 winner Laragh in May and then twice was beaten by division turf leader Gozzip Girl in the Grade 2 Sands Point at Belmont Park and Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.

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Edward P. Evans’ Casanova Move, a close-up fourth to Funny Moon in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks last month at Belmont Park, remains a possibility for the Grade 1 Alabama this Saturday, trainer Todd Pletcher said. She is entered Main Track Only for the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes on Friday.

“We’ll keep an eye on the Alabama, in terms of Casanova Move, but it’s unlikely we’ll have anything (in the race),” Pletcher said.

Despite having only one win in 12 starts, Casanova Move, a daughter of Langfuhr, has placed in four graded stakes races.

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Sunday’s double-carryover Pick 6 opportunity resulted in a pool of $1,037,133 in addition to the carryover of $262,997. There were seven (7) 6 of 6 winners resulting in a $119,797 payout: one on-track at Saratoga, one at NYCOTB, one at River Downs, two at Royal River Racing, and two at YouBet.com.

The sequence of winners that comprised the Pick 6 was One Note Samba ($5.00, favorite), Seattle Mission ($16.40), Whisked Away ($22.80), Citifest ($16.00), Banrock ($3.80, favorite), and Smart Trade ($6.20, favorite). There were also 374 consolation 5 of 6 winners that paid $512 each. Sunday’s Pick 6 represented the third double-carryover through the first 17 days of the Saratoga meet.

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Wednesday’s feature at York Racecourse is the ultra-competitive Totesport Ebor, Europe’s richest handicap race with a purse of $345,000. A pair of Group 2 Stakes – the Gimcrack for two-year-olds and the two-mile Lonsdale Cup for the marathon division – provide able support.

In a new cooperative venture between Saratoga and York Racecourses, British racing fans have a chance to win a gala racing excursion to Saratoga in 2010. Kicking off the promotion is the first running of the “Win a Trip to Saratoga Races E.B.F. Fillies’ Handicap” due off at 11:40 am EDT (6th race York). Two American-bred fillies look to be the leading contenders, with Charlotte Point and Godolphin’s Burgundy Ice the early favourites.

Sariska, who stands head and shoulders above her female rivals in the Classic generation, faces the next test of her career as she tackles Thursday's Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Michael Bell's filly was barely out of second gear when romping home in the Irish Oaks and everything points to her continuing her winning run as she gears up for an Arc de Triomphe bid in October.

Friday's card sees the speedsters get their chance to set the track alight in the five-furlong Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe, in which 2007 winner Kingsgate Native is back for more.

Away from York, Sandown offers a two-day meeting kicking off on Friday and highlighted by the Group 3 Solario Stakes on Saturday. This seven-furlong juvenile race was won by Raven's Pass in 2007 before going on to a landmark three-year-old career, culminating in a Breeders’ Cup Classic victory on Santa Anita’s synthetic surface.

UK Racing is simulcast every Wednesday through Saturday morning during the Saratoga meet. Watch and wager on the “Best of British Racing” at Bunbury’s Pub in the Saratoga backyard. First post 8:45 am.