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May 26, 2006

Barbaro continues to progress


Kennett Square, PA (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is progressing nicely Thursday, according to Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Richardson added that the three-year-old colt has totally normal vital signs and is in excellent condition.

Richardson, Chief of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, called the three-year-old colt "stable and happy" on Wednesday even though Barbaro remains in intensive care at the George D. Widener Equine Hospital.

Barbaro, of course, underwent a major procedure a few hours after severely injuring his right hind leg during the opening yards of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

A fund has been established in honor of Barbaro. Contributions will go to a fund for the Widener Hospital and not specifically for Barbaro's care.

During his racing career, Barbaro won his first six starts, including the Tropical Park Derby, Holy Bull Stakes and Florida Derby. The Kentucky Derby win by 6 1/2 lengths was the largest margin of victory in 60 years and gave hope that Barbaro would become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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