May 13, 2018 | 5:00 PM | Sunday

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Calling all horse-crazy moms! This Mother's Day, join us for a unique look at a special filly who raced the patriarchy - and won. In the world of Thoroughbred racing, speed rules. Alexandra the Great tells one of the greatest underdog tales in American s

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Calling all horse-crazy moms! This Mother's Day, join us for a unique look at a special filly who raced the patriarchy - and won.

In the world of Thoroughbred racing, speed rules. Alexandra the Great tells one of the greatest underdog tales in American sports — how Rachel Alexandra grew from an abandoned foal to a magnificent, muscular horse with a glossy coat who flew over the track, dominating every mare she met.

Still, Rachel’s original owner refused to let her compete against male horses. When a new owner saw her potential and raced her against, bigger, stronger males, Rachel Alexandra took off like a rocket. She went on to win the Preakness, the first filly to do so in 85 years, and the Woodward, a feat never before achieved by a filly. Starting from a scraggly, knock-kneed nothing, Rachel had grown into a true athlete. She was named 2009 Horse of the Year, broke countless records, graced the pages of Vogue, and showed people around the world exactly what it means to “run like a girl.”

Including vivid details gleaned from interviews with Rachel Alexandra’s owners, veterinarian, beloved jockey Calvin Borel, and more, Alexandra the Great gives readers an exciting and emotional look at both the humans and horses who pour their hearts and souls into the world of Thoroughbred training and racing.


Deb Aronson has been a freelance non-fiction writer since 1997. Before that she worked for a decade in university public relations. When she’s not gardening, sailing or designing her dream Derby hat (hint, it will include snack food), Deb also enjoys writing (for grown ups) about interesting people doing unusual things.

Her personal essays have appeared in Mary Englebreit Home Companion, Indy's Child and WILL radio. Her feature stories have run in Mother Jones, Illinois Times, Sailing World, and Muse magazines.

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