03/07/2013 7:56PM

Rachel Alexandra undergoes procedure to drain abscess

Courtesy of Stonestreet Farm
Rachel Alexandra, in her stall at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., underwent a surgical procedure to drain an abscess on Thursday.

Rachel Alexandra was described as "bright and alert" on Thursday evening after undergoing a surgical procedure to drain an abscess earlier that day.

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where the 2009 Horse of the Year underwent abdominal surgery following foaling complications on Feb. 13, discovered an abscess adjacent to the mare's reproductive tract and rectum on Thursday morning.

The abscess was successfully drained via a standing surgical procedure, with Rachel Alexandra's vital signs remaining normal throughout.

According to a release issued by Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Farm on Thursday, the 7-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare was “bright and alert with a good appetite following this procedure and was even able to graze this afternoon.”

Stonestreet added that this type of setback "is not unexpected" and that the mare will remain at Rood and Riddle for continuous observation as she continues to recover.

"This is an important reminder that challenges remain," the release stated.

Rachel Alexandra began showing signs of distress on the afternoon of Feb. 13 after delivering a Bernardini filly, her second foal, early on Feb. 12 at Stonestreet in Lexington. She was rushed to Rood and Riddle, where 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. In the ensuing weeks, veterinarians have stated that they are happy with the mare's progress.

John More than 1 year ago
Its too bad she got so ill after the foaling. With the state of the handicapp division being so light, it would have been fun to see her line up against the boys if they were going to wait till next year to breed her again. Oh well, as long as she gets well, I think we all dream of a Zenyatta vs Rachael Derby clash of their foals.
JohnGalt More than 1 year ago
Ownership has already said she will not breed this year.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Wasn't that a given?
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
IF I owned her she would not breed at all. She earned plenty and was 2009 Horse of the Year and that, in my book, says she earned enough and thus earned some rest, relaxation and peace in her life. Hope they don't send her back to the breeding sheds. She has had trouble in both births. Enough!
Cranky More than 1 year ago
I agree, she needs a year off to recover completely. It would be a crime for her to be rushed back into production right now. She needs the loving, tender care that is afforded all Queens, for she is one. She's done her jobs outstandingly, all of her life and it would be a shame to lose her just because somebody couldn't give her the time she's earned, to heal.
Terri Serviss More than 1 year ago
I think they need to give Rachel a year off to recuperate from the her first two foalings.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
i hope she is almost through with this. poor thing.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
is it part of the regular maintenance after her initial surgery?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well...I guess drf cleaned it for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
advance plumbing...you need to remove the racist muck that is clogging your brain
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Sorry but I hate watching these nice race horses get sent to the shed so fast. A real downer for this stuggling industry.
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Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Exactly what they wanted. Especially given the possibility that she might not continue her broodmare career.