Rachel Alexandra Returns Home to Stonestreet

by | 03.26.2013 | 2:30pm
Rachel Alexandra enjoys the view from her stall at Stonestreet Farm

Rachel Alexandra is home at Stonestreet today, beginning the next stage of her remarkable recuperation following abdominal surgery in mid-February.

Stonestreet employees decorated her stall with cards from fans as they awaited her arrival; a get-well banner from Fair Grounds Racecourse stretched across the barn, ready to welcome the hard-fighting champion home.

“Having Rachel home is a milestone in her recovery. Our Stonestreet team is so happy to have her home and we are eager to give her all the exceptional care and attention she needs,” said Barbara Banke, “I am deeply grateful to Drs. Woodie, Barr, Reed and the entire Rood & Riddle team for the unparalleled care Rachel has received at their facility. A special thank you as well to Medical Technician Brent Comer for his dedication to her care, and to Alex Riddle for keeping Rachel's fans updated on her progress.”

Stonestreet's team and Rood & Riddle medical technicians will join to monitor Rachel around the clock while Dr. Bonnie Barr checks her progress with daily visits to the farm.

Rachel Alexandra returned home to Stonestreet today where she will continue her recovery.

“This time of transition is a big step, as well as an added stress in her recovery from a very serious, life-threatening condition. We feel, however, that she is ready to take on this challenge, and in doing so, she takes the next step toward getting back to life on the farm,” said Dr. Barr.

Rachel's first few days at home will focus on ensuring she is comfortable in her surroundings through hand grazing. She will then transition to a small, temporary round pen the size of her stall. As Rachel becomes comfortable and her team feels satisfied with her progress, panels will be inserted to gradually extend that round pen.

These slow, deliberate, day-to-day steps are designed to evolve into turnout in a regularly sized round pen followed ultimately by transition to a small paddock. While this process could take as little as a couple of weeks, Rachel and her team will set a cautious pace.

  • Istabraq

    Best news to hear! Well done to all the staff who’ve cared for her, and well done to the mare herself.

  • ziggypop

    Bravo to everyone participating and continues to participate in her care! Thank you Stonestreet for allowing us to follow her progress!!!

  • nu-fan

    How fortunate this horse is to have such caring people surrounding her!

  • Genellen

    Wonderful news!

  • Cgriff

    Great news! But I wonder if this means the end of her broodmare career. A shame – but better to retire her to be an “auntie” mare than to risk this happening again.

  • Deb Carlino

    So thrilled with Rachel’s progress! This is great news!!!

  • Noelle

    Great news! And special thanks to Stonestreet for keeping us informed of her progress. So often when something happens to a horse, it’s almost impossible to find out how they’re doing.

  • charlie smirke

    Sspecial recognition for Brent Comer for all the individual, special care he gave her.

  • In tears

    Wonderful news and a great job to all involved with Rachel’s nursing care. I felt tears welling up while reading the good news.
    ……….Wish I would have thought of breaking down my round pen like that. I hand walked for a month, dummy me

  • Robyn Hoffmann

    Here’s to a full & safe recovery for the beautiful Rachel Alexandra!

  • Francis Bush

    What a magnificent horse. I saw her race and beat colts. She deserves the best of care and I hope that she may return to the breeding shed in a healthy condition.


    This lady is a true Champion on and off the track. Was I concerned, YES! However, knowing Rachel as we all do what else could we expect from her? To the great team at the hospital, I feel I speak for many–THANK YOU for the fine care.

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