02/20/2013 5:48PM

Rachel Alexandra's veterinarians pleased by progress in week following surgery

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Courtesy Stonestreet Farm via Twitter
Rachel Alexandra, who is continuing to recover from surgery for foaling complications, takes a walk outside at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Feb. 18, with attending veterinarians Dr. Brett Woodie and Dr. Bonnie Barr.

One week following surgery for foaling complications, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra remained stable at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., with owner Stonestreet Farm noting that attending veterinarians continue to be encouraged by her progress.

As she continues to recover at Rood and Riddle, Rachel Alexandra has begun leaving her stall for several short walks each day. The 7-year-old Medaglia d'Oro mare began receiving small amounts of solid feed—in addition to intravenous fluids and nutrition—on her third full day following the Feb. 13 surgery, and has displayed an improved appetite this week.

"As her diet becomes more normal, [attending veterinarian Dr. Brett Woodie] is encouraged that her gastro-intestinal function is improving, as well as her ‘feisty’ attitude," Stonestreet said in a release Wednesday.

Rachel Alexandra's post-operative care had included a series of abdominal lavages, where the abdominal cavity was rinsed with fluids to flush out bacteria and inflammatory cells. That course of treatment was completed on Tuesday, with the drains placed in the mare's abdomen for the procedures removed.

No long-term prognosis has yet been discussed by veterinarians for the mare, whose post-operative care has also included intravenous antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and medications to aid in the prevention of scar tissue in the abdominal cavity.

"While the road towards recovery remains long with many hurdles to overcome, Stonestreet’s Barbara Banke and Rachel’s team at Rood and Riddle are both inspired by her strength and happy with her progress in the week following surgery," Stonestreet said.

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. 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.

Priscilla Green More than 1 year ago
So happy to see R A is recovering She looks good and I hope she feels as well as she looks
Richard Gerbig More than 1 year ago
America is pulling for you. Your strong heart and determination, along with the thoughts and prayers of racing fans around the world will pull you through!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Keep pullin' Rachel...
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Good news about her slow but steady recovery. Keep it up, Rachel, we're rooting for you!
Bret Stossel More than 1 year ago
How about this? The Jockey Club joins the 20th, never mind 21st century, and starts allowing artificial insemination and embryo transfers? This mare would never have to carry another foal and risk further damage to herself, forced retirement to the pensioners pasture or DEATH. An egg could be flushed and fertilized from her each year, carried by a recipient mare and weaned to be a race horse. Every other breed registry on the planet allows this with zero problems. For health and humane reasons, the JC should get over its high mindedness and join the real world.
Pamela Barnard More than 1 year ago
And make thoroughbreds more inbred? The breed is not going to self destruct because Rachel can't have another foal. Many Stallions breeding 150 mares or more a year and all we need is 3 or 4 foals a year by the same mare. The breed will self destruct.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
in a pasture...on the rolling hills of Kentucky...
nancyb More than 1 year ago
I'm smiling just like the dude in the picture. This is very good news indeed.
ralph arzoomanian More than 1 year ago
this concerns me more than who won and who lost on any given day. A great athlete and extraordinary beauty. Fingers crossed along with thousands of others.
Jonette Scarlett-Dylan More than 1 year ago
Wonderful news about this beautiful mare & champion! Love her so much..I hope she continues to recover! And yes, I agree.. no more babies. She's already done so much for her fans.
kjoe More than 1 year ago
Joyful news for a beloved champion who gave us many thrills on the racetrack.....I would the powers that be would decide 'no more babies'.......