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Horse Racing: Rachel Alexandra Recovering From Surgery

First of all, I would like to share some great news with my readers. After over a year of searching, I finally found a pretty decent part time job. I am very relieved. That is the great news.

I will do my best to write as many blogs as I can. However, I hope my readers will be understanding if the blogs don’t come as often.

That being said, I am writing another blog about my favorite sport, horse racing. I usually write about what happens ON the track, the racing part. I also have written a few blogs about a horse named Paynter (who is galloping at Santa Anita, and is looking and doing great) that was a bit behind the scenes.

I have also written about meeting the 2011 Horse of the Year (HOY from now on) Havre de Grace, and other miscellaneous items like the Eclipse Awards.

In this blog, I will be writing yet another blog about a broodmare named Rachel Alexandra, who lives at Stonestreet Farms. The late Jesse Jackson, who founded the farm, bought Rachel after her Kentucky Oaks triumph.

Unfortunately, this blog will be the kind of blog I just do not like to write.

Anyway, Rachel was an amazing horse on the track, especially in her 3YO year, 2009, where she became HOY of that year. She won the 2009 Preakness Stakes, and became the first  filly to do it in 85 years. Rachel’s other accomplishments were winning the Kentucky Oaks, the Haskell Stakes, and the Woodward Stakes.

She is now a broodmare, and was bred to the 2007 and 2008 HOY Curlin, which produced a colt named Jesse Dream which was foaled (born) in 2013.  She was then bred to 2006 Outstanding 3YO Bernardini, which produced a 140lb filly, which was foaled on February 12, 2013. The unnamed filly is just adorable with a little white heart marking (called a “star”) on it’s forehead.

On February 13, Rachel was showing signs of depression, and stress. She was rushed to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, which is one of the top hospitals for ill or injured horses. It turned out that there was an infection coming from some sort of injury to her small colon that happened during labor.  The vets did surgery that removed the injured part, and reattached the colon again.

At a press conference the following day, it was announced that Rachel was standing, but was is serious condition. There was no timetable for when she would breed again, or a prognosis for Rachel. It was also mentioned that Rachel’s dam (mother), Lotta Kim had difficulties in delivery, but the vets didn’t think that was relevant to Rachel. The newborn filly is going to be taken care of by a nurse mare, the vets said. 

Over the past couple of days, Rachel has been able to eat a couple of mints, her favorite treats. Her attitude is better, and her vital signs are normal (http://www.stonestreetfarms.com/info/?page_id=144).

However, she is not out of the woods, as it is a day to day thing.  As we saw with Paynter, there were a couple of days that went by, and he was feeling better. The next day, all sorts of things went wrong, and Paynter was at death’s door, so to speak, so this is still a delicate situation.

As for me, I love this great horse. Rachel Alexandra, as I have said in previous blogs, is the horse that got me back to absolutely loving the sport all over again. I got to meet her at Stonestreet for a “Visit Rachel Day” event on October 11, 2011. She was so sweet.  She even tried to wrap her head around my body to get at a cookie I had in my pocket. It was pretty funny.

I hope and pray she makes it out of Rood and Riddle alive. I am so heartbroken that this happened.  Rachel is fighting being sick, and on top of that, she doesn’t have her baby either.  It will be a long road ahead, but I know Rachel’s a fighter. She will beat this.

Get well, Rachel.

Here is Rachel Alexandra winning the 2009 Woodward Stakes. One of her best performances.

http://youtu.be/ysO_Fhc8Fpw

Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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