This was in a Bill Finley article from August 23:
Jess Jackson still won't tell anybody where he's going to run Rachel Alexandra next, but he has been giving off troubling hints that he may just pick the Pennsylvania Derby. As usual, it's about the money. He likes the idea that the race is worth $1 million and the competition will be made up of a bunch of palookas.
Nobody doesn't like money, but does Jackson really want to turn his back on the tradition and prestige of Saratoga and races like the Travers, Personal Ensign and the Woodward just to make a quick buck that he doesn't need? Does he really want to come off as just another greedy owner who doesn't care one bit about the good of the sport?
They can throw all the money they want into the purse. The Pennsylvania Derby is and always will be just another race. It's only worth $1 million because the place is a casino first and a racetrack second and management doesn't know what else to do with all the money they are forced by law to pay out in purses.
Forget about it, Jess. Race her in Saratoga.
I think he was the only person who really thought he WASN'T going to run at Saratoga. Even Jess Jackson said "I'm a Saratoga guy" and if that didn't tell you he was staying at the SPA nothing will. How can you be so in tune with horse racing yet so horribly wrong at the same time? I understand no one is perfect and people are wrong all the time, but this one was a joke right? I mean you didn't really think he'd skip the Prestigious Saratoga meet for Philadelphia Park did you?
Did anyone else even have an inkling that Rachel would go to the PA Derby BEFORE the announcement of her going to the Woodward?