Here's the latest update from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky about the condition of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who has been hospitalized for complications following giving birth to a healthy filly foal last week.
Rood & Riddle's latest report is printed as supplied this afternoon by the hospital's contact person, Alex Riddle:
"Doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky reported on Monday that 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra's condition remains stable as she recovers from abdominal surgery performed Wednesday, February 13th following foaling complications. Rood & Riddle, along with the mare's owners at Stonestreet Farms, have been working together to keep the public informed about her condition.
"'If she wasn't as smart and as strong-willed as she is,' said Dr. Bonnie Barr, 'she wouldn't be progressing the way she is.'"
"This morning Rachel was able to go for a short walk outside, during which time she was able to eat a small amount of grass. She remains bright with normal vital signs. On Saturday, a small amount of feed was introduced in addition to her IV fluids and nutrition. Her appetite continues to improve and attending veterinarians, Dr. Bonnie Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie, remained encouraged by her progress.
"Please look for the next update on her condition Wednesday unless a change should occur. Her new, brighter stall is lucky #13, just like her Preakness post position from which she also defied the odds."