Barbaro in "Guarded" Condition Wednesday

The chief veterinarian attending to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro said Wednesday that the colt is in "guarded" condition as he continues to recover from surgery to repair his right hind leg injured in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center, said Barbaro is continuing to rest comfortably.

He added, however: "He's facing tough odds and his condition is guarded. Our entire staff is determined to do all they can for this magnificent horse."

Richardson reiterated Tuesday's assessment that Barbaro's condition is "potentially serious, and we are aggressively seeking all treatment options. Today we will focus on further diagnostics and keeping our patient comfortable. All decisions are being made in constant consultation with the owners, who continue to be only interested in his comfort."

Barbaro, owned by the Lael Stables of Roy and Gretchen Jackson and trained by Michael Matz, won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by 6 ½ lengths before his injury in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Barbaro remains in the intensive care unit of the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

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