- The Washington Times - Friday, July 14, 2006

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Barbaro was doing “much better” and in stable condition this morning, a day after his veterinarian said the Kentucky Derby winner was a “long shot” to survive a potentially fatal hoof disease.

“Barbaro was out of his sling for more than 12 hours yesterday, and he had a calm, restful night, sleeping on his side for more than four hours,” Dean Richardson said this morning in a statement issued by the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. “While his condition is stable, it remains extremely serious.”

Richardson appeared upbeat earlier when he told Associated Press that Barbaro had a “good night. He’s doing much better.”

Barbaro shattered three bones in his right hind leg just a few yards after the start of the Preakness Stakes on May 20.

Though today’s news was good, Barbaro’s condition could change at any time.

“If he starts acting like he doesn’t want to stand on the leg, that’s it - that will be when we call it quits,” a blunt Richardson said yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.

“It could happen within 24 hours,” he added.

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