Cast of healing Barbaro might be removed within a week

November 02, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE

LOUISVILLE, ky. -- Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has recovered well enough from his injuries that he should be out of a cast for good within a week, his surgeon said yesterday.

In addition to the broken right hind leg suffered in the Preakness on May 20, the 3-year-old has suffered from laminitis, which caused significant loss of his left hind hoof.

However, Dr. Dean Richardson, who has been treating Barbaro at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., said the colt has regrown enough of that hoof so that "if he were [to] stay as comfortable as he is right now, he could be a very happy, comfortable horse."

Richardson said Barbaro's hoof has been regrowing by centimeters during the past four months and the medical team's goal is for him to end up with at least two-thirds of the hoof.

"Some parts are growing very well, others not," Richardson said last night here, where he and Barbaro's connections were being honored for "typifying the spirit of racing," at the National Turf Writers Association's annual awards dinner.

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