New Bolton director cautions against Barbaro complacency

SPORTS DIGEST

June 26, 2006

While Dr. Corinne Sweeney, the director of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, said Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good day yesterday, she also cautioned about complacency.

Barbaro is at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals in Kennett Square, Pa., recovering from a broken rear right leg he suffered in the Preakness. Sweeney said that while every good day puts the horse further from infection and the possibility of laminitis, "it is a misconception to think the potential for complications has been eliminated."

Sweeney said that while the prospect of infection drops dramatically the further down the road Barbaro gets, laminitis, an infection that can occur in Barbaro's left foot due to overuse, "is always a concern."

Though it, too, lessens every day, it doesn't totally go away until Barbaro is back, solidly on all fours.

"His whole good health and the way he's bearing his weight is encouraging," she said. "But hearing good news about him every day can give the impression that nothing more can go wrong, and that's not the case."

Sandra McKee

Belmont Park -- Ferocious Won edged Classic Pack by a neck to win the $110,300 Mike Lee Stakes for 3-year-olds. The Mike Lee was the first leg of the "Big Apple Triple" for New York-breds. Ferocious Won can earn a $250,000 bonus with a sweep of the remaining races: the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 15 and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 23.

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