Specialist from Ky. to examine Barbaro today

Horse racing

December 19, 2006|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro will be seeing an equine foot specialist today. Dr. Scott E. Morrison is flying in from the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., to examine the horse at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

Barbaro, regaining strength in his healed right hind leg that suffered multiple fractures during the Preakness on May 20, is still recovering from a case of laminitis in his rear left foot that cost him most of his hoof wall. The hoof is regrowing, but very slowly.

Owner Gretchen Jackson said over the weekend that Morrison would be coming to New Bolton because Barbaro's surgeon, Dr. Dean Richardson, feels "they are approaching a point where they can't do anything more for him [at New Bolton]. They are just thinking that maybe [Morrison] can help him out more."

Richardson said in a news conference last Tuesday that the horse could leave the facility "in the not-so-distant future" but would not be more specific. Jackson later told the Thoroughbred Times: "He's ready to move on, more or less, is what Dean is telling us. But we don't have any dates."

Robin Murray, public relations director for the Rood and Riddle center, said the hospital is capable of housing horses with laminitis, but added that Morrison has treated cases at some Lexington-area farms that can handle such horses as well.

Jackson said about a month ago that when Barbaro is ready to leave New Bolton, she did not see his coming back to the Jacksons' Lael Farm. Instead, she said, she believed him to be "America's horse" and he should go somewhere like the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

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