Barbaro update

4 10 2006


A quick look at Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and how he’s progressing from lifesaving surgery and a severe case of laminitis at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.:

MEDICAL UPDATE: Barbaro had another good week, and veterinarians have been pleased with his progress.

WHAT’S NEXT: If needed, veterinarians will change the cast on the colt’s right hind leg within the next week. The protective bandage on Barbaro’s left hind hoof is changed every day, and the horse walks and grazes each day.

QUOTE: “He is doing very, very well,” said Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center. “His appetite and vital signs continue to be excellent.” (AP)

And another, more detailed story of his life and career:

Barbaro and vet Dean Richardson, chief surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center for Large Animals, looks at Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro during an outing at the center. Barbaro has been at the center for more than four months, and the leg that was shattered in the Preakness has all but healed.

Barbaro conquers major hurdles

After two brushes with death, Kentucky Derby winner recovering, but still vulnerable

By Richard Rosenblatt – Associated Press Racing Writer

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Kennett Square, Pa.

— Led to the gate for the first race of his career, Barbaro shied away, reluctant to get started.

A mile later, after an eye-catching 81⁄2-length victory on Oct. 4 at Delaware Park, trainer Michael Matz and owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson realized they might have a special thoroughbred.

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