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Aug 12, 2006

Barbaro continues to improve


Kennett Square, PA (Sports Network) - Doctors at the George D. Widener Large Animal Hospital successfully changed the cast on Barbaro's right hind leg late Tuesday afternoon. The procedure was performed with Barbaro under general anesthesia.

The three-year-old colt continues to recuperate in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

"The leg looked good under the cast, especially considering the length of time that he has been in a cast," said Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery. "The radiographs also were encouraging. There is no sign of active infection. This is further supported by his markedly improving blood values over the last two weeks. He had an excellent pool recovery; he is a very intelligent horse and has definitely figured out the whole process."

Barbaro shattered his right hind leg during the early stages of the Preakness Stakes on May 20. The cast on his leg will be changed regularly until the fractures and joint fusions are totally healed. The objective is for the leg to bear the horse's weight.

The Kentucky Derby winner is also recovering from laminitis of his left hind hoof. The colt’s left hind foot is examined daily when the bandage and protective boot is changed.

"His left hind hoof continues to show signs of regrowth and looks healthy," said Dr. Richardson. "The appearance of the foot is very good. It is dry and healthy looking with excellent early regrowth at the coronary band."

Barbaro is owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson of West Grove, PA.

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