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Filly in fashion: Rachel Alexandra poses for Vogue

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — She is a clotheshorse without the clothes: Rachel Alexandra has posed for a photo spread in Vogue.

Pictures of the Preakness-winning filly were shot Friday by fashion photographer Steven Klein for the magazine's August issue.

Rachel Alexandra had to be awakened in her stall when it was time for her star turn.

"Done photo shoots before, but first one for Vogue," said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen who held the shank on the filly during the session.

The magazine spread grew out of a trip to the Preakness by Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

"She was there at the Preakness and was inspired, like so many other women were," said Caroline Shaw, a spokeswoman for Jess Jackson, the filly's majority owner.

Among those looking on was Barbara Banke, Jackson's wife.

There was no star treatment for Mine That Bird. The Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up quietly galloped twice around the Churchill Downs track.

On Friday, it was decided Rachel Alexandra will not run in the June 6 Belmont Stakes. Co-owner Jess Jackson said the filly deserves a vacation. Mine That Bird is scheduled for his final workout Monday before the final leg of the Triple Crown.

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Hollywood Bag Ladies

Stylists Elizabeth Stewart and George Kotsiopoulos brought out their L.A. friends and clients for the sixth annual Bag Lunch benefiting P.S. Arts on Wednesday afternoon. Kerry Washington, Calista Flockhart, Kristin Davis, and Rachel Zoe, among others, gathered at Juicy Couture co-founder Pamela Skaist-Levy's Beverly Hills estate for the silent auction and luncheon. "This year seems very polite—no one's elbowing each other yet," said Davis. "I have my eye on a beautiful black and brown Balenciaga that's not even out yet." The goodies included 200 heavily discounted brand-new designer handbags and some one-of-a-kind finds from the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton, and with proceeds going directly to restoring arts education in underserved schools, who could resist? "There's a few I'm watching," said Sophia Bush. "I got into acting because of a theater program, so I'm passionate about this cause."

— Victoria Namkung

The Rainmaker,Burberry Lights Up New York Despite the Drizzle

To fête the lighting of a 50-foot Burberry sign atop its new headquarters on Madison Avenue—forever altering the New York City skyline, publicists were quick to point out—the English company pulled out all the stops. A white carpet led up to the viewing area, which was located on the terrace of the Palace Hotel across the street, and big-name Burberry fans like Claire Danes, Orlando Bloom, and Carla Gugino all arrived dressed in the label's finest. The only thing it seemed the Brits couldn't deliver was a dry, clear evening. Or was the dampness intentional? "Are you kidding?" creative director Christopher Bailey chirped. "We brought this weather in special from London, just for tonight."

Clever move: The mist was the perfect ploy to show off the brand's trademark trenches. "Yeah, the coats help with that, but can Burberry come up with something to help frizzy hair?" laughed Lily Donaldson. The band One Night Only played through the rain, and then the crowd enjoyed a favorite English pastime: drinking and dancing, tunes for which were provided by MTV's newest property, Alexa Chung. But as anyone who's been to a London pub around closing time can tell you, it's hard to keep the bar stocked at a good English party, and the well ran dry shortly after the sign was lit. When Justin Long sauntered in holding a cocktail glass, Penn Bagley wasn't the only one to ask, "Where'd you get that?"

— Derek Blasberg