Alexandra in 'serious condition'
Rachel Alexandra is in "very serious condition" following surgery relating to foaling complications.
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America's Horse Of The Year in 2009 produced a foal by Bernadini earlier in the week but was found to be in a distressed state the following day.
An examination at owner Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Farm revealed excess fluid in the mare's abdominal cavity, possibly signifying an infection.
Exploratory surgery at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky revealed that Rachel Alexandra had damaged an area in her small colon which led to a bacterial infection.
Dr Brett Woodie reported on www.drf.com: "I think right now, it's too early to say (what the long-term prognosis is), she's doing as best as we can expect at this stage of her recovery."
Rachel Alexandra's filly returned to Stonestreet on Wednesday. The filly was placed under the care of a foster mare and is in good health.
She produced her first foal, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin now named Jess's Dream, in January 2012.