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.