Champion Rachel Alexandra able to be taken off IV fluids

Stonestreet Farm press release:

Veterinarians at Rood & Riddle are encouraged by  Rachel Alexandra’s progress as the 2009 Horse of the Year recovers from abdominal surgery.  Her appetite has improved so that, on Saturday, she was taken off of IV fluids and nutrition.

Above, Rachel Alexandra grazes at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Friday, February 22nd.

As her vital signs remain normal and her strength improves, Rachel has gone for longer walks each day and has enjoyed grazing and spending time outside.

Attending veterinarians, Drs Bonnie Barr and Brett Woodie, caution that Rachel has hurdles yet to overcome, but they are pleased by her progress.

“I couldn’t be happier with where she is right now,” Dr. Woodie said.

Fair Grounds fans are signing a ‘get-well’ banner for Rachel as they celebrate her career with the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes Saturday, just one example of the outpouring of support from the industry and fans for the champion mare.

Provided her condition remains stable, look for the next update on Thursday, February 28th.