- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

12:09 p.m.

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Barbaro’s condition is “potentially serious,” and the Kentucky Derby winner’s veterinarian said today the colt is “facing tough odds and his condition is guarded.”

Dean Richardson, chief surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, said doctors are looking at all possible treatments to keep Barbaro comfortable.

“Our entire staff is determined to do all they can for this magnificent horse,” he said.

Barbaro, who shattered three bones in his right hind leg at the start of the Preakness Stakes on May 20, has undergone four cast changes and three surgical procedures in the past week. During the procedures, Richardson replaced the titanium plate and 27 screws and also treated several infections — one in the injured leg and a small abscess on the sole of his uninjured left hind hoof.

“Today we will focus on further diagnostics and keeping our patient comfortable,” Richardson said.

Barbaro’s recovery from the catastrophic injury had been going smoothly until the series of setbacks. On Saturday, the colt underwent three hours of surgery to replace hardware that had been inserted into the leg May 21, the day after the Preakness.

“He’s facing tough odds, and his condition is guarded,” Richardson said.

All decisions are being made after consulting with owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson, he said.

Barbaro is being treated in the intensive care unit of the George D. Widener Hospital.

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