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Barbaro's casts changed, new supports added

January 28, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is doing well after a planned procedure on Thursday.

"Barbaro was placed under anesthesia yesterday to have his left hind foot cast replaced," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"We also removed the cast on his right hind leg and replaced it with a custom-fabricated plastic and steel orthotic brace to give his foot additional support."

An abscess near the lateral heel of his right hind foot was drained, and the brace that was applied will allow more regular treatment of that foot.

"Barbaro had another smooth pool-recovery and has been comfortable with an excellent attitude and appetite since then," said Dr. Richardson.

"We will probably replace his left hind foot cast under anesthesia again at least two or three times at roughly two-week intervals if his comfort is maintained. We were very pleased with the progress of his left hind foot since the last cast was applied."

In addition, new shoes were placed on both front feet for additional support.

Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Penn's George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center.



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