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Nov 17, 2006

Barbaro doing well minus cast


Kennett Square, PA (Sports Network) - One week after having the cast removed from his right hind leg, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is doing well in his recovery. It is now six months since the three-year-old colt suffered a career ending injury in the Preakness Stakes.

The veterinarians at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are happy with Barbaro's progress.

"Barbaro's strength on the right hind limb has been gradually improving," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery. "It is normal to be a bit stiff and weak after being in a cast for a long time; however, he is capable of bearing full weight on the previously fractured right hind leg even without the supporting soft bandage."

Barbaro's left hind foot continues to improve from his bout of laminitis.

"The left hind foot continues to slowly grow but still has a very long way to go," said Dr. Richardson. "Barbaro's attitude and appetite remain excellent, and he still takes short walks outside to graze each day if the weather permits."

Barbaro is owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson of nearby West Grove. Edgar Prado, who was the colt's regular jockey, won the Breeders' Cup Distaff with Round Pond at Churchill Downs on November 4.

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