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Barbaro adjusting well to new cast

June 22, 2006

Barbaro takes a walk in his new cast.
Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania
One month after his life-threatening injury at the Preakness, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is adjusting well to his new fibreglass cast and life in the Intensive Care Unit of the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals.

"He's a lively, bright, happy horse," said Chief of Surgery Dean W. Richardson, who replaced the cast on Barbaro's hind leg on June 13.

"He's enjoying carrots and other treats, and is friendly and frisky. I'm very pleased with the progress he's made in the last month."

Barbaro is a popular patient at the hospital, with cards and notes adorning his stable door. But there is also a warning sign on his stable door that he is just like any other frisky three-year-old colt: "Caution - bites".

Trainer Michael Matz and owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson continue to make daily visits to see Barbaro.

Barbaro remains at the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, recovering from a shattered hind leg sustained at the Preakness on May 20.


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