Classic winner Barbaro remains in stable condition with good vital signs Tuesday after a restful night, according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center.Richardson said the cast on the colt's injured right hind leg was changed Monday so his incision could be examined and new radiographs taken.
"The radiographs looked good; the plates we placed on July 8 to fuse the pastern are intact and the fetlock fusion is unchanged. The leg and the incision looked as good as we could have hoped."
The right hind leg cast supports the repair of the injury suffered by the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at the Preakness (gr. I) on May 20, and it extends from the colt's foot to just below his hock.
The modified foot cast, which acts like a bandage on Barbaro's left hind foot, was also changed yesterday. The foot cast is rigid and provides stability and support, but will be changed often so that the hoof can be treated. Both cast changes were performed with Barbaro lightly sedated in a sling. He has adapted very well to being managed as needed in the sling. "He is a very intelligent horse," said Dr. Richardson.
Barbaro continues to be monitored closely in the Intensive Care Unit of the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.