Rood & Riddle: Rachel Alexandra is ‘brighter’


Dr. Barr

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital provided the following press release on Rachel Alexandra and the ongoing efforts to help her recover from complications of foaling:

Rachel Alexandra’s condition remained serious at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Friday following surgery to repair a section of her small colon.

The attending veterinarians on her case, Dr. Bonnie Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie, are pleased with her progress, with Dr. Barr calling her a ‘strong mare.’ Her vital signs remain normal and she was brighter, more alert and demonstrating an improved attitude on Friday afternoon.

“She looks better today,” said owner Barbara Banke. “Rachel is a determined fighter. It makes me feel better that she was happy to have a mint. I want to thank all her fans for their incredible devotion to Rachel. Your thoughts mean so much right now.”

Dr. Woodie

Dr. Woodie

Rachel’s foal continues to do well. She has adjusted well to her nurse mare and enjoyed paddock turnout on Friday at Stonestreet.

Rachel Alexandra was admitted into Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Wednesday, February 13th, one day after delivering a 140-pound Bernardini filly. She underwent exploratory abdominal surgery to determine the cause of excess fluid in her abdominal cavity denoting an infection. A damaged section of her small colon was then repaired in a long and technically demanding procedure. — Rood & Riddle press release 4:40 p.m., Feb. 15

4 responses to “Rood & Riddle: Rachel Alexandra is ‘brighter’”

  1. June

    All of us in Saratoga Springs are pulling and praying for her 🙂

  2. RiderWriter

    Go, Rachel, Go! I’m very glad to find this update as it’s not showing up in the mainstream media. THANK YOU for keeping us worried fans informed. Keeping all hooves crossed that she pulls through.

  3. Peppermint

    Nurse mares are used by TB breeders to nurse foals so that the mares can be sent back immediately without their foals to be re-bred. Nurse mare foals are usually sent to slaughter unless they are rescued. Another shameful black mark for thoroughbred racing industry.

  4. Joy Elliott

    wonder news,,,,what a brave girl..

    what are the chances she will be able to have her foal back? and where do nurse mares come from?
    thank you

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