02/17/2014 3:32PM

Rachel Alexandra will not be bred in 2014

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Barbara D. Livingston
Rachel Alexandra will not be bred to in 2014 after experiencing major health problems when foaling a Bernardini filly last spring.

Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, will not be bred in 2014. The news was reported by Paulick Report, citing officials with Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., where the 8-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare resides.

Rachel Alexandra has produced two foals since beginning her broodmare career – a Curlin colt named Jess’s Dream in 2012 and a Bernardini filly in 2013. She experienced complications after each foaling that led to stays at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.

The mare was rushed to Rood & Riddle the day after her most recent foaling last February, where she underwent exploratory abdominal surgery revealing that an area of her small colon had been damaged during the delivery process and developed a bacterial infection. Rachel Alexandra remained at the hospital for almost six weeks, undergoing an additional surgery during her stay, and returned to Stonestreet in late March, while her foal was placed with a nursemare.

In 2012, Rachel Alexandra spent a few days at Rood & Riddle for pain management after foaling Jess’s Dream. The colt, now a 2-year-old, is in training at the Stonestreet Training Center in Ocala, Fla.

Rachel Alexandra won 13 of 19 career starts over three seasons of racing for earnings of $3,506,730. She is out of the Roar mare Lotta Kim. Rachel Alexandra’s full sister, a 4-year-old filly named Samantha Nicole, finished second in her career debut at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16.

She is best known for her 3-year-old campaign of 2009, in which she won the Kentucky Oaks by more than 20 lengths before being purchased by the late Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and entered in the Preakness Stakes, which she won.

Her campaign continued with a win in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, then a victory against 3-year-old males in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes. She then defeated older males in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes to secure Horse of the Year honors.