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Rachel Alexandra described as 'bright and alert' but still in serious condition

Doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, reported on Saturday that Rachel Alexandra's condition remains serious but stable as she recovers from abdominal surgery performed Wednesday following foaling complications.

The 2009 Horse of the Year was described as being bright and alert with normal vital signs. On Saturday, she began receiving a very small amount of feed in addition to her IV fluids and nutrition.Although Rachel Alexandra's condition remains serious, attending veterinarians Dr. Bonnie Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie are encouraged by her progress to this point.

Rachel Alexandra will continue to be monitored closely at Rood & Riddle. Her foal, a Bernardini filly, has bonded with Miss Beautiful Ojos, a Quarter Horse and trusted nurse mare who has performed the same job at Stonestreet Farm before.

Nurse mares are never brought into situations that are ideal. They must act as a surrogate mother for a foal whose own mother is unable to care for it. In fact, a nurse mare raised Rachel Alexandra when her dam, Lotta Kim, rejected her. Rachel's Alexandra's filly now considers Ojos to be her mother and she will remain with her until she is weaned.

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