Rachel Alexandra showing improved appetite in recovery from surgery

Stonestreet Farm release:

Doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital  reported on Monday that 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra’s condition remains serious but stable as she recovers from abdominal surgery performed Wednesday, February 13th following foaling complications.

Rachel Alexandra remains stable with an improved appetite on Monday. Rood & Riddle’s Brent Comer happily accommodates her desire to be fed by hand.

“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.”

On Monday morning, Rachel Alexandra was able to go for a short walk outside, during which time she ate a small amount of grass. The 7-year-old mare 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. Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie, remained encouraged by her progress through the weekend.

The next update on her condition is slated for Wednesday unless a change should occur.

Her new, brighter stall is lucky #13, the same post position she broke from when she became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes in 2009.