The condition of champion racemare Rachel Alexandra was stable – but serious – as she recovers from abdominal surgery on February 13 following foaling complications.
On Monday morning the 2009 Horse of the Year was able to go for a short walk outside, during which time she ate a small amount of grass. She remains bright with normal vital signs.
On Saturday, a small amount of feed was introduced in addition to her IV fluids and nutrition. Her appetite continues to improve and attending veterinarians, Dr Bonnie Barr and Dr Brett Woodie, remained encouraged by her progress .
“If she wasn’t as smart and as strong-willed as she is,” said Dr Barr, “she wouldn’t be progressing the way she is.”
She is currently in stall #13 at Rood and Riddle – the same as the Preakness post position from which she also defied the odds.