Barbaro's recovery continues

SPORTS DIGEST

September 13, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE

While Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to improve, Dr. Dean Richardson said he will continue to be cautious in his predictions. The thoroughbred is taking a slow and steady course to recovery, Richardson said in a release from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., where Barbaro has been in the intensive care unit since breaking his right hind leg in the May 20 Preakness.

"We are pleased with his progress," Richardson said. "He is wearing the cast on his right hind limb well; we continue to monitor it closely, and we expect to change the cast and radiograph the leg within the next seven to 10 days."

Richardson, chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, also said Barbaro continues to be comfortable standing on his left hind foot, which is recovering from laminitis.

Horses must be able to balance their weight on all four feet, so Barbaro, who lost 100 percent of his hoof wall to laminitis inflammation, has to regrow enough hoof to stand on to survive.

Barbaro continues to be hand-grazed daily. His vital signs and appetite are said to be excellent.

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