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Keeping Barbaro comfortable the main aim

July 13, 2006

Barbaro's team is focusing on keeping the horse comfortable as he rallies from infection and an abscess in his good foot.

The Kentucky Derby winner is continuing to rest comfortably today according to Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"As we said yesterday, Barbaro's condition is potentially serious, and we are aggressively seeking all treatment options," he said.

"Today we will focus on further diagnostics and keeping our patient comfortable."

Barbaro is being treated for fractures received at the Preakness on May 20 as well as an abscess in his near hind hoof.

"He's facing tough odds and his condition is guarded," said Dr. Richardson. "Our entire staff is determined to do all they can for this magnificent horse." All decisions are being made in constant consultation with the owners, who continue to be interested only in Barbaro's comfort.

Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.



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