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Awards for Barbaro's support team

January 24, 2007

Dr Dean Richardson and Barbaro.

Photo: Kathy Freeborn

The people who played a key part in helping to get Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro back on his feet after a catastrophic race injury have been honoured.

Barbaro suffered a normally fatal lower-leg injury at the start of the Preakness Stakes. While the shattered bones are healing well, the horse has been troubled by laminitis in his other hind leg - at one stage posing a greater threat to his life than the broken leg.

The chief surgeon who operated on Barbaro, Dr Dean Richardson, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Centre, received the Big Sport of Turfdom award from the Turf Publicists of America for contributions to thoroughbred racing last year.

Barbaro's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, were also honoured at the Beverly Hills ceremony, along with New Bolton Centre. They each received a Special Eclipse Award for outstanding individual achievements or contributions to thoroughbred racing.

Richardson praised the Jacksons in accepting his award, acknowledging their compassion and their love of the animal.

The Jacksons were in a tie for the owner of the year award, while Barbaro missed out on awards for Horse of the Year (won by Invasor) and Best Three-year-old Male (won by Bernardini).

The Horse of the Year win was a comfortable one for Invasor, who received 228 of the 271 votes cast. Barbaro was second with 21.

Invasor has had only one loss in his 10 starts, when he finished fourth in a top race in the United Arab Emirates. The 4-year-old Argentine-bred colt topped off a four from four US racing campaign with a win in the $US5 million Breeders' Cup Classic in November at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.



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