Stonestreet Farm shared earlier tonight 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.
Media requests relating to the procedure should be directed to Alex
Riddle Media Relations Manager at Rood & Riddle: (859)280-3316 or