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02 AUG 2009: Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra with Calvin Borel beats the boys in the 42nd edition of The Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, Oceanport, NJ

Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, was able to stand but remained in serious condition Thursday morning after a damaged part of her small colon was successfully removed in surgery late Wednesday.

"Her condition remains serious; it's going to be a long road," said Amy Kearns, a spokeswoman for Stonestreet Farm, located on Old Frankfort Pike.

Rachel Alexandra was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington when complications developed from the birth of her Bernardini filly, according to the farm's statement released Wednesday night.

Rachel Alexandra woke up from anesthesia about 3 a.m. Thursday, Kearns said.

The horse was standing Thursday morning, said Alex Riddle, a spokesman for Rood and Riddle. Horses can't lie down for long without risking further injury and complications, according to several online veterinary resources.

He said Dr. Brett Woodie removed a damaged area of small colon and "successfully" fused the other two sections back together.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/14/2516686/rachel-alexandra-standing-but.html#storylink=rss?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#storylink=cpy

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Hows that cocoa?
BloodHorse now has the press conference up on their site as well. Barbara Banke looks quite fatigued to me. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/12354/rachel-alexandra-surgery-update
Press conference video here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1548060681001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAG7uZ28~,JnBHzG7VwfoJ0rgqddiXEN769O1Jswvu&bctid=2165778455001
Thanks so much yukichan, have been thinking about her off & on all day, like bad news about a friend. Maybe some guarded optimism? And she is one strong girl & in the best of care, (plus plus).
Any chance of Zenyatta seeing Medaglia D' Oro just went right down the toliet
My thoughts are with her. This is a devastating turn of events but at least she's gotten this far. Hope for as speedy a recovery as possible and that her filly grows up healthy as well.
And pretty much the same from R&R: http://www.roodandriddle.com/news/updatedreleaseonrachelalexandrasprocedureandcurrentcondition.html
Press Conf. write up: http://thoroughbredconfidential.com/2013/02/14/rachel-alexandra-post-surgery-press-conference/
This is just me--seems very touch and go still. Heart breaker for Rachel, her connections. Good sign she is on her feet. Very sad to know she may no longer be a broodmare, or even be reunited with her filly. Seems the focus is saving Rachel as well it should be.
Thanks so much, yukichan.
More from the docs: Dr. Woodie: exploratory surgery to find source of bacterial infection in abdomen. Recovered well doing "as best as we can expect" Dr. Barr: Rachel having IV fluids, antibiotics, anti-inflam, flushing of abdominal cavity. Dr. Barr: too early to predict full recovery or ability to foal in future for Rachel A. Dr. Woodie: impossible to say whether size of this filly affected Rachel's complications.
Stonestreet: Adjustment to nurse mare going very well, pair will likely be turned out tomorrow
yukichan/ thanks for the up dates
Banke: The filly looks great, and wants to run around. She's getting used to the nursemare, so I think the filly will be fine.
Banke: We ask people to send good thoughts and prayers to Rachel and hope for the best.
Banke: Rachel looks brighter today, so that makes me happy. It's a day-by-day, hour-by-hour thing, so it's very serious.
Banke: We got her here in record time, and they did surgery right after that.
Banke: That morning, Rachel was bright & seemed to be progressing well, then all of a sudden she looked depressed.
Barbara Banke: It's a beautiful filly, birth was hard for her.
Woodie: Doesn't think Rachel's dam Lotta Kim's history of foaling difficulty had any bearing on Rachel's situation.

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