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A $5-million race if Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra show up

February 4, 2010 |  9:49 am

Horse Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., will increase its purse for the Grade I Apple Blossom on April 3 to $5 million if champion thoroughbreds Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta agree to run in the race.

That was the announcement Thursday by Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella, who said he had spoken to the owners of the two horses and they indicated enthusiasm for the race.

The 4-year-old Rachel Alexandra was named Horse of the Year in 2009, beating out the 6-year-old unbeaten Zenyatta.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Jockey Mike Smith races Zenyatta to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press