Rachel Alexandra treated for pain after first foal

Champion mare Rachel Alexandra and her six-day-old colt by 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin were taken to the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington as a precautionary measure for pain management related to the birth, Stonestreet Farm said in a release Friday evening. Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, has been under the care of Dr. Bonnie Barr, who is ensuring both mother and foal are doing well.

"Rachel has proven to be an extraordinary mother and taking to her feisty colt right away," said owner Barbara Banke. "I'm a Rachel-chondriac. We are taking every precaution to ensure that Rachel and her colt are healthy and happy."

Assuming no unforeseen issues, mother and foal are expected to return to Stonestreet Farm in a couple of days.

Rachel Alexandra delivered the Curlin colt, her first foal, Sunday afternoon at Stonestreet. The bay youngster was 125 pounds at the time of his birth.

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