Barbaro's latest cast change goes smoothly

Horse racing

August 10, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE

Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, said yesterday that Barbaro's latest cast change went without incident.

"The leg looked good under the cast, especially considering the length of time that he has been in a cast," said Richardson, through a general release from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. "The radiographs also were encouraging. There is no sign of active infection. This is further supported by his markedly improving blood values over the last two weeks."

Richardson also said the Kentucky Derby winner had the cast changed under general anesthesia and had "an excellent" pool recovery.

Barbaro broke his right rear leg during the Preakness on May 20 and then developed the complication of laminitis, a painful inflamation, in his left rear hoof from overuse during his recovery.

Barbaro's right hind leg cast that encloses the foot and extends up to just below the hock will continue to be changed regularly until the fractures and joint fusions have healed enough to sustain full weight bearing, Richardson said.

And the bandage and protective boot on Barbaro's left hind foot will be changed daily to monitor that hoof's recovery from laminitis.

Unless something unusual occurs, the next update on Barbaro's condition is expected Tuesday.

Sandra McKee

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