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Four months on - Barbaro doing well

September 20, 2006

Barbaro with trainer Michael Matz.

Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania

It is four months to the day that Barbaro suffered his catastrophic injury during the running of the Preakness in the US.

For horses recovering from such an injury - he sustained a fracture of the cannon bone, a fractured sesamoid, a fracture of the long pastern bone, and a dislocated fetlock - such a long recovery time is to be expected. Indeed, he is not out of the woods yet - but Bararbo has definitely made it to a clearing.

Complications along the way have included the deadly condition laminitis, but the big horse fought back from that and it appears to be under control.

Yesterday, veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital, said the Kentucky Derby winner continues to gradually improve.

"He had an excellent week," said Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"We replaced the boot on his left hind foot with a bandage because the hoof is doing well."

In addition, Barbaro continues to be comfortable in the cast that has been on his right hind leg for the past three weeks.

"We won't change it unless there is a reason to do so, and we will continue to monitor his comfort closely before deciding when to replace or remove this cast," said Dr. Richardson.

"He is enjoying his daily excursions outside to graze, and his appetite is excellent."

Barbaro's jockey, Edgar Prado, also paid a visit yesterday. It was the fourth time he's called at the hospital to see the star patient.



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