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Breeders' Cup 2017

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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