Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, had an abscess drained in a second procedure following the birth of her foal three weeks ago.
The 7-year-old mare had surgery Feb. 13 on her colon, which was bruised during the birth of the 140-pound (63.5 kilogram) filly, sired by 2006 Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini.
Rachel Alexandra has been recovering at Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, and was alert with a good appetite after the latest procedure, veterinarian Brett Woodie said in a statement from her owner, Stonestreet Farm.
Rachel Alexandra gave birth to a 125-pound colt in 2012 that was sired by Curlin, who in 2008 became the first thoroughbred since Cigar in 1996 to retain Horse of the Year honors. Curlin captured the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Preakness Stakes, the second event in racing’s Triple Crown.
Rachel Alexandra went undefeated in 2009, when she won the Preakness after the late Jess Jackson, owner of Stonestreet Farm, bought her.
She was retired in September 2010 without competing against Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, who won 19 of her 20 starts including the male-dominated Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2009.
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