Rachel’s first foal already stirring Derby talk

The foal of Rachel Alexandra and Curlin poses for the camera.
The foal of Rachel Alexandra and Curlin poses for the camera.

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - At Stonestreet Farm outside Lexington, they turn loose a wonderful irony every day: a horse with no name, conceived by two of the biggest names in the horse business.

"You're talking about two horses who are two of the biggest racehorses we've seen in the history of horse racing," said bloodstock agent John Moynihan.

Mom is Rachel Alexandra. Dad is Curlin. That's a DNA daily double in the breeding shed.

"He won the Preakness. She won the Preakness," said Moynihan. "He won the Woodward. She won the Woodward. He was Horse of the Year. She was Horse of the Year. All within the same close time frame. I don't think that's ever been done in history."

Rachel Alexandra sold for $3.5 million before she launched her devastating run through 2009. Curlin earned $10 million on the track - more than any horse in history. So you can imagine how nervous her handlers are at every step their gold colt takes.

"You do wake up a lot of times in the middle of the night hoping he's OK. When he was first born I was getting out of bed and actually going out and checking on him to make sure he was OK," said Gary Megibben, the manager of Stonestreet Farm.

About 30,000 thoroughbred foals are born every year, but only 20 make it to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby three years later. So the odds are long on this colt even making it to onto the track at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

"There's a lot of water under the bridge between now and getting him into the stall Derby Day," Moynihan said, "but given what I see today, he certainly has a great shot at it."

"All the foals here, you do dream they'll be a Kentucky Derby or Breeders' Cup horse," Megibben said. "You kind of dream the same dreams for them like you do your own kids."

Stonestreet Farm is expected to name the foal soon. Fans submitted more than 6,000 name suggestions in six days. One Las Vegas hotel is already offering bettors 60-1 odds on Rachel's foal making the Derby 141 field in 2015. 

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