Barbaro Update: Derby Winner's Right Hind Leg Getting Stronger

Barbaro's right hind leg keeps getting stronger and should eventually be healthy enough to allow the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner to live a comfortable, happy life.

"The right hind has healed well enough that we are optimistic about that possibility," Dr. Dean Richardson, chief surgeon at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania, said Jan. 2. "However, Barbaro's left hind foot, which had laminitis, remains a more formidable long-term challenge. The foot must grow much more for him to have a truly successful outcome."

Richardson said the shoe on Barbaro's right hind leg was modified. He said the colt's abnormal gait was expected as Barbaro learns to adapt to the shoe and to having fusions of two major joints in his lower limb.

Barbaro, owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, was injured soon after the start of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course May 20, 2006. He has been at New Bolton ever since.