Veterinarians say they're pleased with the recovery of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.
The champion mare is recovering from abdominal surgery caused by foaling complications in mid-February.
Alexandra is being treated at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.
Dr. Brett Woodie performed the surgery and calls her recovery "better than expected."
Veterinarians say that because Rachel's appetite was good enough Saturday, they were able to take her off of IV fluids and nutrition.
The hospital says her vitals are normal and she continues to hand walk and graze several times a day.
Dr. Bonnie Barr often credits Rachel's progress to her strong will and intelligence, noting that the horse "let's us take care of her."