Cast change was expected for Barbaro

SPORTS DIGEST

August 09, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was expected to have the cast on his right rear leg changed late yesterday to give his doctors an opportunity to take new X-rays.

No further details were given and the next update is expected sometime today.

"Changing the cast gives us the opportunity to take new radiographs and evaluate the progress of the fracture healing and joint fusions," said Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals.

Richardson said yesterday afternoon that Barbaro's left hind hoof, which has been compromised by a severe case of laminitis, an inflamation that cost the horse 80 percent of the hoof wall, also continues to show improvement.

"His left hind hoof continues to show signs of regrowth and looks healthy," said Richardson, who oversees a daily change of the bandage on the left hoof to monitor the hoof's progress.

Barbaro remains in intensive care at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

Lawsuit -- An ex-jockey who was paralyzed after falling during a race two years ago, has agreed to settle a $10 million lawsuit against the Jockeys' Guild and two former officials who allowed his health insurance to lapse.

Retirement -- Imperialism, third to Smarty Jones in the 2004 Kentucky Derby, has been retired and will stand at stud next year in Florida.

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