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Barbaro suffers major setback

January 11, 2007

Dr Richardson leads Barbaro out on December 20.

Photo: Kathy Freeborn

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has had a significant setback over the last day.

Overnight, he became acutely more uncomfortable on his left hind foot. The foot cast was removed and some new separation of the medial (inside) portion of his hoof was found.

This required some additional debridement (removal of the damaged tissue) overnight on January 10.

He is being treated much more aggressively at this time for his discomfort. He is continuing to eat well and is otherwise stable. He has been put back in a sling in his stable.

The cast that was removed was applied on January 3, 2007 by Dr. Scott Morrison, an equine podiatry expert from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

"This cast was applied with the goal of starting to help re-align his coffin bone properly in that foot," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"His comfort on that foot has been good since the procedure." According to Dr. Richardson, radiographs taken on January 8, 2007 "show improved alignment of his coffin bone and continued healing of the fractured right hind pastern region.

His condition is stable and a firm decision concerning his discharge from the hospital has not been made."



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