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Warmups: Zenyatta v. Rachel

March 13, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and the undefeated Champion Zenyatta both make their seasonal debuts today as they prepare for their matchup in the Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park on April 9.

Rachel Alexandra will make her 2010 bow in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes from Fair Grounds, while Zenyatta will compete in the Grade I Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita. Post time for Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds is 5:15 local time (4:15 Mountain Time), while Zenyatta’s post time at Santa Anita is 3:37 local time (4:37 Mountain Time). Both races can be seen live on HRTV (DishNetwork channel 404), or you can watch live streaming video at

The NTRA webcast begins at 4:00 Mountain Time and is the first of a series of races leading to the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships on The series—NTRA Live! —is hosted by ESPN racing analyst Randy Moss.

Following today’s webcast, NTRA Live will continue on March 20 with the Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park. Other races on the schedule, which is expected to include 15-20 webcasts during the year, include the March 28 Sunland Derby from Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino and the April 17 Coolmore Lexington Stakes from Keeneland.