The 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra continues her recovery from abdominal surgery for a bruised colon Feb. 13, after delivering a healthy Bernardini filly one day before.
The 7-year-old mare's attending veterinarians at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Dr. Brett Woodie and Dr. Bonnie Barr stated that they are pleased by the progress which has included several short walks a day and an improved appetite this week.
As her diet becomes more normal, Dr. Woodie is encouraged that her gastro-intestinal function is improving, as well as her 'feisty' attitude.
"While the road towards recovery remains long with many hurdles to overcome, Stonestreet's Barbara Banke and Rachel's team at Rood & Riddle are both inspired by her strength and happy with her progress in the week following surgery," read the Stonestreet release.
Rachel Alexandra (by Medaglia d’Oro out of Lotta Kim) became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness and the first filly to ever win the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. She was previously bred to Curlin, and gave birth to a bay colt in January 2012 (see http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-hartford/rachel-alexandra-becomes-a-mom?...