Photo Courtesy of Stonestreet Farm
The first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been named Jess's Dream, a moniker chosen from suggestions submitted in a fan naming contest.
More than 6,500 people entered the contest to name the bay colt, who was foaled on January 22.
Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm made the announcement on Friday at Saratoga Race Course, following the running of the Curlin Stakes. Banke was the wife of the late Jess Jackson, who campaigned both Curlin and Rachel Alexandra to their championships in Stonestreet's colors. Jackson died in April 2011.
"It was Jess's dream to see this baby," Banke said.
Samuel Bucholtz of Chino, California was among the multiple people who submitted the winning name, and won a drawing to visit Stonestreet Farm for a weekend.
Rachel Alexandra won all eight of her starts in her 2009 championship campaign, including the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1), Mother Goose Stakes (G1), Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and Woodward Stakes (G1).
The six-year-old Medaglia d'Oro mare, who won four other graded stakes events during her career, earned $3,506,730.
Curlin won the Arkansas Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1), and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) in 2007 to secure his first championship. He repeated as Horse of the Year in 2008, winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), Stephen Foster Handicap (G1), Woodward, and another edition of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He retired with earnings of $10,501,800, a North American record.
The eight-year-old Smart Strike horse stands at Lane's End in Versailles, Kentucky. His first foals are two-year-olds.