Caroline Shaw, a spokeswoman for Stonestreet Farm says that 2009 Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra and her newborn colt have returned to their home near Lexington, Kentucky. “She is fine and they are back at the Farm,” Caroline Shaw said on January 30th. Stonestreet posted a photograph of the mare and foal in a stall, captioned, “Home Sweet Home!”
Shaw said the 2009 Horse of the Year was monitored during her stay at Rood and Riddle while under the care of Dr. Bonnie Barr and she did not know of any treatments the mare might have received.
Rachel Alexandra and her newborn were transported to Rood and Riddle January 27th. The Kentucky farm on its website posted a video of the colt by Curlin playing in the paddock at Rood and Riddle January 28th, a day after they were sent to the facility.
The 6-year-old Rachel Alexandra is owned by Barbara Banke, who is also majority owner of Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year and sire of the foal born January 22nd. “Rachel has proven to be an extraordinary mother and taking to her feisty colt right away,” Banke said in a release shortly after the mare was sent to the hospital. “I’m a Rachel-chondriac. We are taking every precaution to ensure that Rachel and her colt are healthy and happy.”
Stonestreet owns both Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, and Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year who is now standing at Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Their foal, the mare’s first, was born January 22nd and weighed 125 pounds.
Rachel Alexandra is the first of two female Horses of the Year expected to produce their first foals this year. The other is 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who is due in early March. She is carrying a Bernardini foal.