02/18/2013 5:08PM

Rachel Alexandra remains stable Monday

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Courtesy of Stonestreet Farm
Rachel Alexandra is hand-fed by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital's Brent Comer in her stall at the clinic on Monday.

Although the condition of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra remained "serious but stable" on Monday as she continues her recovery from surgery for foaling complications, veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., were encouraged by the mare's progress.

"If she wasn’t as smart and as strong-willed as she is, she wouldn't be progressing the way she is," said Dr. Bonnie Barr, an attending veterinarian on the case.

Rachel Alexandra began showing signs of distress on the afternoon of Feb. 13 after delivering a Bernardini filly, her second foal, early the day prior at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington. Exploratory abdominal surgery revealed a damaged area in the mare's small colon, injured during foaling, which led to a bacterial infection. Surgeons removed the damaged section of the small colon and successfully reattached the two remaining ends.

No long-term prognosis has yet been discussed by veterinarians, but the 7-year-old Medaglia d'Oro mare has remained stable in the days following her surgery, demonstrating an improved attitude in recent days.

Rachel Alexandra went for a short walk outside at Rood and Riddle on Monday, a mild February day in Lexington, with the temperature in the 50s. The mare also was able to hand-graze briefly.

Rachel Alexandra had begun receiving small amounts of solid feed on Saturday, in addition to intravenous fluids and nutrients.

"Her appetite continues to improve and attending veterinarians Dr. Bonnie Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie remained encouraged by her progress through the weekend," Stonestreet said in a release.

Rachel Alexandra's post-operative care has included intravenous antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and medications to aid in the prevention of scar tissue in the abdominal cavity.

Rachel Alexandra's Bernardini filly, who is in good health, is under the care of a nurse mare at Stonestreet Farm.

Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Nice work to the vets.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Great news. Stay strong Rachel and god bless you!
Robin Moore More than 1 year ago
You go girl. Be brave and strong. Don't give up the fight pretty girl.
John More than 1 year ago
Itts a little harder reading the articles knowing Rachel is having a tough time ! Seems this Vet and the hospital have a good handle on getting her well, and back with her foal, Go Get them Rachel, get well ! Its a cold exacta, Rachel gets well and both mom and baby become big stars !
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
She can't go back to her foal. The filly has been put on a nurse mare and she will stay with her until she is weaned. Rachel herself was raised by a nurse mare when her mother rejected her.
Jay Evelyn More than 1 year ago
have to keep our fingers crossed for this special race hoss'''''''''1
Jeff More than 1 year ago
Rachel A. has way too much heart to give into this illness. Even her vet's know it. Alpha Females never cave in... by she's still in my prayers.
Chris Lake More than 1 year ago
Now......STAY AWAY ADHESIONS AND COLIC!!!!! (Knocking on wood!)
Constance Gonczy More than 1 year ago
Send this mare to Horse Park for her fans!
Constance Gonczy More than 1 year ago
That is, after her full recovery.
Megan Grant More than 1 year ago
You must live in a dream world.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Are you crazy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best wishes to the mare and those that care for her! Her time on the track will live forever in this house.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
This is terrific news-- overcoming sepsis enough to go outside, walk and graze is major progress. Fight on Rachel!