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Jul 21, 2006

Barbaro remains in stable condition


Kennett Square, PA (Sports Network) - All continues to go well for Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Since the news conference of last Thursday, Barbaro's condition has stabilized and he has not experienced any further setbacks.

The three-year-old remains in stable condition at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania and has good vital signs.

"Yesterday (Monday) afternoon we changed his right hind leg cast to take new radiographs and to examine the incision," said Dr. Dean Richardson. "The radiographs looked good; the plates we placed on July 8 to fuse the pastern are intact and the fetlock fusion is unchanged. The leg and the incision looked as good as we could have hoped."

Barbaro, of course, suffered a major injury to his right hind leg in the first few yards of the Preakness Stakes on May 20, two weeks after a dominant performance in the Run for the Roses.

Last week Barbaro developed laminitis in his left hind leg. A modified foot cast was put on the left leg. The cast serves as a bandage and was also changed on Monday.

Barbaro continues to be monitored closely in the Intensive Care Unit of the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.

Barbaro continues to be seen by owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and trainer Michael Matz on a daily basis.

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