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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Rachel Alexandra has surgery for foaling complications

The condition of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was termed "serious" on Wednesday night following surgery related to foaling complications.

The 7-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare delivered her second foal, a Bernardini filly weighing in at 140 pounds, at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington, Ky. The mare developed complications late Wednesday and was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. She underwent surgery to repair a bruised area in her small colon, which was injured during the birth.

Stonestreet Farm issued a release shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday that Rachel Alexandra was in recovery following the surgery, under the care of Dr. Bonnie Barr of Rood and Riddle.

"A full prognosis cannot be determined at this time, but her condition is serious," the release said.

Rachel Alexandra’s filly returned to Stonestreet on Wednesday. The filly is under the care of a nurse mare and is in good health.

“We are solely focused on making sure Rachel is as comfortable as possible," owner Barbara Banke said. "She is showing the same strength and courage now that she demonstrated on the track. Our hearts are broken by this turn of events and I can only ask that you send your thoughts and prayers to Rachel now.”

Rachel Alexandra produced her first foal, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin now named Jess’s Dream, in January 2012. Days following that birth, the mare made what was termed a "precautionary" trip to Rood and Riddle for pain management. The mare and colt returned home following a three-day stay at the facility.

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