The boot that had been protecting the foot of classic winner Barbaro that been impacted by laminitis has been replaced by a bandage as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner continues to gradually improve. "He had an excellent week," said Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. "We replaced the boot on his left hind foot with a bandage because the hoof is doing well."
In addition, Barbaro continues to be comfortable in the cast that has been on his right hind leg for the past three weeks. "We won't change it unless there is a reason to do so, and we will continue to monitor his comfort closely before deciding when to replace or remove this cast," said Richardson. "He is enjoying his daily excursions outside to graze, and his appetite is excellent." Barbaro remains in the intensive care unit of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, where he is recovering from injuries suffered at the Preakness on May 20. The next update will be posted on Tuesday, Sept. 26, unless there is a significant change in Barbaro's condition.