Richardson to Speak at Hall of Fame

Barbaro's surgeon will deliver the keynote address at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Renowned equine orthopedic surgeon Dean W. Richardson, who led the team that treated Barbaro, will be the guest speaker at the National Museum of Racing's 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Trainer Carl Nafzger, jockey Edgar Prado, and the horses Ancient Title, Inside Information, and Manila will be inducted during the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EDT at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion.

Jockey Ismael “Milo” Valenzuela also is a member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008. Valenzuela is unable to travel to Saratoga Springs, and received his plaque in a special ceremony June 22 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Members of Valenzuela’s family will participate in the induction ceremony in Saratoga Springs.

Richardson is the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and the Chief of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center.

Barbaro’s injuries, sustained while running in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 20, 2006, thrust Richardson and the New Bolton Center into the international media spotlight. The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, bred and owned by Gretchen and Roy Jackson and trained by Michael Matz, was sent to the hospital within an hour after the race. The next day, Richardson and his team completed a long and complex surgery to repair the shattered bones in the colt’s right hind leg.

Immediately after the surgery and for the next eight months, Richardson provided updates on the successes and setbacks of Barbaro’s recovery. When it was determined that Barbaro was suffering and could not survive the hoof disease laminitis, he was euthanized Jan. 29, 2007. The colt’s death was reported on the front pages of newspapers across the country and on network newscasts.

A member of the Widener Hospital staff since 1979, Richardson is an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon whose research focuses on cartilage repair. Before becoming chief of surgery, he was an assistant professor of surgery; previous to that, he was a lecturer in large animal surgery.

During his career, Richardson has received the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research (1997), the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), the Class of 2004 and the Class of 2005 Distinguished Teaching Awards, the Ohio State Distinguished Alumni Award (2005), and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award (2006).

In October 2006, he received the National Turf Writers’ Joe Palmer Award for his outstanding work with Barbaro. The Turf Publicists of America honored Richardson with its Big Sport of Turfdom award for 2006. The Jacksons and the New Bolton Center were presented with a Special  Eclipse Award in January 2007.

Richardson is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He earned his DVM from Ohio State University in 1979 and joined the Widener Hospital as a resident that same year.