03/26/2012 8:22AM

Rachel Alexandra carrying Bernardini foal

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Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, is carrying her second foal, according to owner Stonestreet Farms’ Facebook page. Rachel Alexandra was bred to Bernardini this year.

The 6-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare was the first of two female Horses of the Year to produce their first foals this year. Rachel Alexandra’s first foal, a colt by Stonestreet Stables runner Curlin, was born Jan. 22 at the Lexington, Ky., farm. Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, had her first foal, a Bernardini colt, on March 8 at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
 

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with you both. I am so excited to see the AP Indy X You go girl. we love you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love you Rachel! I can't wait to see her babies run. Yes I agree, we don't need a colt every year from those mares. few is better!
Rachel Carnicelli More than 1 year ago
For the love of Rachel Alexandria and Zanyetta, lots hope hope they do not become mere "breeding machines," having to produce foals on a yearly basis. For heavens sake all the broodmares need a brake! You read of so many broodmares dying while foaling from uterine ruptures after producing numerous foals on a yearly basis. Give these great mares the respect they are due by ensuring their health. Thank you.
MaryAnn Donahue More than 1 year ago
I think you meant to write "need a break" not brake. I'm not a breeding expert, but I would think it is safer for Rachel and Zenyatta to produce foals while they are young; wonder if there are statistics showing that fatalities increase in old mares. For them to be bred every year for 10 to 14 consecutive years, every year they are capable of being bred, would seem to reduce them to breeding machines, so I understand the point you are making. It would be heartbreaking for either of these two great mares to die in foaling but let's all hope they stay safe.