- The Washington Times - Monday, May 22, 2006

12:14 p.m.

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — The doctor who performed surgery on Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is upbeat today, saying the horse is active “trying to bite people” and very interested in some mares stabled nearby.

Dr. Dean Richardson made the rounds of morning television talk shows today, and says the keys to Barbaro’s survival include the “equine equivalent of bed rest” and a lot of tender loving care. He says the horse is being kept as inactive as possible in his stall.

Barbaro underwent five hours of surgery to repair three bones he shattered in his right rear leg at the start Saturday’s Preakness.

Fans are sending flowers, cards and carrots to the Pennsylvania hospital where Barbaro is recovering.

The hope is the horse can eventually be a breeding stallion, though Dr. Richardson says Barbaro will never race again.

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