Commentary: Rachel Alexandra and Brent Comer: A Love Story

Meet a person instrumental in helping Rachel Alexandra recover from life-threatening foaling complications.
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Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, gives a behind-the-scenes look at one individual instrumental in helping Rachel Alexandra recover from life-threatening foaling complications.


Racing fans over the past several years have held extended vigils, some lasting for months, for stricken horses such as Barbaro, Paynter, and most recently Rachel Alexandra. During those times, the internet was inundated with prayers for these courageous equine heroes who fought for life as hard as they fought for victory on the racetrack.

This past February, those prayers circulated throughout Facebook and Twitter, as thousands of anguished horse lovers and fans of Rachel Alexandra expressed their heartfelt feelings for the great mare whose life was in danger following surgery to repair her damaged colon suffered after foaling a strapping 140-pound filly

As the masses followed the 7-year-old mare’s condition, a relationship was forming that would change the life of Brent Comer, medical technician at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and very well may have altered the fate of Rachel Alexandra

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Steve Haskin is Senior Contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine, sister publication to The Horse.

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