Barbaro wearing cast `satisfactorily'

SPORTS DIGEST

September 06, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week in his recovery process, according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

"Barbaro is wearing the new cast satisfactorily," said Richardson, who changed Barbaro's right hind leg cast last week. "We continue to monitor him closely, and depending on how he progresses, we may change it again within the next two weeks."

Barbaro is recovering from the broken hind leg injury he suffered in the Preakness on May 20 and from laminitis in his left hind foot.

Richardson said that the colt's left foot is "improving gradually" and that the bandage is changed daily.

"Barbaro's appetite is great, and we take him out each day to hand-graze him," Richardson said in a prepared release. "His vital signs remain normal, and he seems very happy."

The next update on his condition is expected Tuesday, baring a significant change.

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