Rachel Alexandra, Foal Admitted to Hospital

Thoroughbred mare Rachel Alexandra, 2009 Horse of the Year, and her recently foaled colt are reportedly doing well after being admitted to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Ky., earlier this week. According to a statement on Stonestreet Farm's website, the mare and foal were taken to the hospital "as a precautionary measure after her delivery for pain management related to the birth."

Rachel Alexandra and foal are being treated by Bonnie Barr, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, an associate at Rood & Riddle.

"Rachel has proven to be an extraordinary mother and taking to her feisty colt right away," said owner Barbara Banke in the Stonestreet Farm statement. "I’m a Rachel-chondriac. We are taking every precaution to ensure that Rachel and her colt are healthy and happy."

Barring complications, the mare and foal are expected to return home in the next few days, the statement said.

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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