Rachel Alexandra Shows Some Progress

Rachel Alexandra's condition remains serious at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Friday, Feb. 15 following surgery to repair a section of her small colon injured when she foaled a filly Feb. 13, but the 2009 Horse of the Year has shown some signs of progress.

The attending veterinarians on her case, Bonnie Barr, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, and Brett Woodie, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, are pleased with her progress. Barr calls her a "strong mare." Her vital signs remain normal and she was brighter, more alert, and demonstrating an improved attitude on Friday afternoon.

"She looks better today," said owner Barbara Banke. "Rachel is a determined fighter. It makes me feel better that she was happy to have a mint. I want to thank all her fans for their incredible devotion to Rachel. Your thoughts mean so much right now."

Stonestreet Farms sent a photo out via Twitter Friday of Banke feeding the 2009 Horse of the Year a mint.

Rachel Alexandra's foal, a filly by Bernardini continues to do well. She has adjusted well to her nurse mare and enjoyed paddock turnout Friday at Stonestreet Farm. Rachel Alexandra was admitted into Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Wednesday, February 13th, one day after delivering the 140-pound filly.

She underwent exploratory abdominal surgery to determine the cause of excess fluid in her abdominal cavity denoting an infection. A damaged section of her small colon was then repaired in a long and technically demanding procedure.

About the Author

Frank Angst

Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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