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He's doing well - 'no complaints' from Barbaro's vet

August 19, 2006

Dr Dean Richardson and Barbaro during a grazing session.

Photos: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to do well, and is being hand-grazed for 20 to 30 minutes a day.

"His blood work is completely normal and his vital signs are good," said Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"I can't complain. Barbaro has had a very good week." Dr. Richardson also reports that Barbaro is no longer using the sling.

"His comfort level has improved to the point that when he was in the sling, he wasn't 'using' it at all.

"The sling is only bearing the horse's weight when he wants it to, and Barbaro's comfort level has improved to the point that he was not using the sling to support his weight."

Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania’s George D. Widener Hospital, where he is recovering from injuries suffered at the Preakness on May 20.


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