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Barbaro putting weight on injured leg

November 17, 2006

Radiographs of Barbaro's leg from November 6.

Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to improve following the removal of his right hind leg cast last week, according to his medical team.

"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 lower right hind leg had been in a cast since surgery at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital following his accident at the Preakness on May 20.

Barbaro's left hind foot, which had laminitis, continues to improve.

"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."



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