Stonestreet Farm shared late Wednesday via social media that Rachel Alexandra, 2009 Horse of the Year, was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky late Wednesday when complications developed related to the birth of her Bernardini filly.
Rachel Alexandra underwent surgery to repair an area of bruising in her small colon, which was injured during foaling. Dr. Brett Woodie performed the surgery and Rachel is currently in recovery under the watch of Dr. Bonnie Barr. A full prognosis cannot be determined at this time, but her condition is serious.
“We are solely focused on making sure Rachel is as comfortable as possible. She is showing the same strength and courage now that she demonstrated on the track,” said owner, Barbara Banke. “Our hearts are broken by this turn of events and I can only ask that you send your thoughts and prayers to Rachel now.”
Rachel Alexandra’s 140-pound filly, born Feb. 12, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. is healthy. The filly has returned to Stonestreet Farm and will be tended by a nurse mare.
Rachel Alexandra spent three days at Rood and Riddle last January receiving precautionary treatment for pain management following the birth of her first foal, a colt by dual Horse of the Year Curlin. Alex Riddle, spokesperson for Rood and Riddle, said Thursday the current issue was not related to what Rachel Alexandra was treated for in 2012.
Rachel Alexandra’s dam, Lotta Kim, has also had issues with foaling. Lotta Kim has only produced two other foals besides Rachel Alexandra, according to Jockey Club reports. A Empire Maker colt born in 2007 was euthanized in 2009 due to wobbler’s syndrome and Samantha Nicole, a 2-year-old full sister to Rachel, was purchased by Stonestreet at the Keeneland November sale for $700,000.