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Prayers for Rachel

As we all pray for Rachel today, I was reminded by a friend of one of the many things I wrote about her a few years ago. Strength to Rachel, and strength to all her loyal fans.


This will not be my grand send off to Rachel Alexandra, that will come later. For now, I only want to offer a few words to all of her wonderful fans, who like me, fell hard for the beautiful girl. Personally, I fell in love with Rachel during a couple of Autumn stakes races at Churchill Downs of her juvenile year. I saw something then that enlivened my heart, thrilled my mind, and transformed me into a little boy again. I have never been disappointed one second in being her devoted fan ever since. Rachel will be missed dearly. I find it difficult to wrap my head around never seeing her run another race right now. Like all things in life though, we move on, as Rachel will. When I look back at the last two years, I am left with fantastic memories that elicited powerful emotions both then and now. I need to say thank you for everything that Rachel did for me. It has been a wonderful ride, and in fact I started writing about horses because of her. There would be no blog here if it was not for Rachel Alexandra. I wish her a long and happy lifetime as she embarks on a new stage of her life. I look forward to the day when I can feed her a carrot and reminisce. See you soon girl. 




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There is a whole nation of horse lovers sending love and prayer out to Rachel to keep fighting and get well.
That's hopeful news Brian. Thanks.
I've been praying for her all day. I can barely think of anything else.
Rachel is doing as best as can be hoped for so far/ too early to tell about full recovery, or motherhood again / Looks brighter today than yesterday afternoon / Foal doing well with nurse mare
My prayers began last night, and are continuing. Rachel has been such a beacon of light for the racing community/industry; I fervently hope she continues to shine. Alex Riddle's description of the foal as being healthy, so "healthy", in fact, that she nearly kicked down a door at the clinic, was a bit of positive humor this A.M.
Thinking Alex Riddle’s nervous laugh is a good sign. Thanks, zatt.
In case you missed Alex Riddle's explanation of Rachel's procedure: http://www.hrtv.com/videos/breaking-news-rachel-alexandra-undergoes-colon-surgery/
Certainly I willl pray for her, my all time fave, and her wonderful owner, Barbara Banke. Terrible situation for Rachel and the new baby.
I was on the second floor at Saratoga when she made her stretch run in the Woodward in 2009. I thought it was going to collapse from the people, over come with emotion, cheering her on, and jumping up and down. I've never seen anything like that before. Today is a sad day, hopefully it will end better than it began.
We are together in prayer for this wonderful champion who brought so many of us together. Thank you for re-posting the article.
A gentleman as always, Zipse. You are a credit to your people, and to Rachel.
Brian, thank you for that article--I remember being so touched when I first read it. She has just GOT to get better soon.
Thanks for re-posting this, Brian. As we all pray for her to have a full recovery.
I have been enjoying the replay of some of Rachel's races today as I root for her speedy recovery.

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Meet Brian Zipse 

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
As Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also consults for leading contest site Derby Wars, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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