Recent News for Injuries

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Barbaro "Doing as Well as Can Be Expected"

July 26, 2006

According to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro slept well after his left hind foot bandage was changed yesterday.... Read More

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Through Cast Changes, Barbaro Remains Stable

July 24, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had an uneventful weekend, and continues to be comfortable according to his doctors at the George D. Widener Hospital. "He's maintaining an excellent attitude," said Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. ... Read More

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Meeting Held at Del Mar Over Breakdowns

July 24, 2006

Del Mar track management held an informal meeting the morning of July 22 to address the spike in injuries and fatal breakdowns during the first days of the California seaside oval's summer season.

The meeting included several trainers... Read More

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Prosthetics for Horse Limbs

July 20, 2006

When a horse has an injury such as happened to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the end result has often been euthanasia. Veterinarians are attempting to save Barbaro's life, and limb. However, if the blood supply t... Read More

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'We're in a Marathon,' Says Barbaro's Vet

July 20, 2006

Day to day, for six straight days now, the reports on Barbaro have been good.
Good vitals, good attitude, stable.

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery, is looking way beyond those daily updates, however.

"Hi... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition Unchanged

July 19, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reports that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remains in stable condition with good vital signs today (July 19). "He spends several hours a day in a... Read More

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Independent Inspection Shows Arlington Surface Safe

July 18, 2006

A two-day examination of the dirt surface at Arlington Park revealed nothing that would lead officials to believe the track is unsafe.

Because of the 17 breakdowns thus far at the meet, the Illinois Racing Board authorized the hiring of... Read More

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Both Casts Changed, Barbaro Adapting Well to Sling

July 18, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner remains in stable condition with good vital signs after a restful night.... Read More

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Skull Fractures in Horses

July 17, 2006

Horses suffering a skull fracture often had a history of being handled with the horse rearing and flipping over, striking the head on the ground, or hitting its head on an overhead structure such as a trailer or stall ceiling. ... Read More

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Prado Encouraged by Visit to Barbaro

July 17, 2006

Jockey Edgar Prado drove to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. Friday morning to visit ailing Classic winner Barbaro at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals.

At a press briefing on... Read More

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Sunday is Another 'Comfortable' Day for Barbaro

July 17, 2006

Classic winner Barbaro spent another "comfortable" day in the intensive care unit at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and his veterinarian reports the colt's attitude "remains positive."

There was no indication condition... Read More

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Barbaro's Vital Signs Monday; No Change in Condition

July 17, 2006

Barbaro's vital signs, appetite and heart rate remained normal Monday, though there was no indication the classic winner's condition has improved since a grim prognosis by his veterinarian last week.

The colt, who had 80% of his left rea... Read More

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Barbaro Stable, Comfortable With Foot Cast

July 17, 2006

Barbaro is tolerating his right hind leg cast well; this cast supports the repair of the injury suffered at the Preakness on May 20. To treat a severe case of laminitis in the colt's left rear hoof, last week Richardson and his surgical team ... Read More

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Barbaro Stable on Sunday

July 16, 2006

On July 16 (Sunday afternoon) it was reported that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remained in stable condition after another restful night, according to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton... Read More

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Barbaro Remains Stable

July 15, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, reports today (July 15) that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had a very good night and remains in stable condition at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital.

“His heart rate and... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition "Stable" Friday

July 14, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro spent a restful night and his condition is stable, according to Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. At a news conference yesterday, Richardson announced that the three-year-old colt has laminitis. ... Read More

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Fans Root for Barbaro's Recovery

July 14, 2006

The roses on the lobby table were addressed to "Mr. Barbaro Jackson" and the card said best wishes to a champion horse.

One girl and her family drove more than an hour to deliver a homemade get-well note and to let Barbaro know they were... Read More

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Barbaro "Acceptably Comfortable," Vitals Remain Stable

July 14, 2006

"His vital signs, including heart rate and pulse, remain good," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. "We are treating his laminitis aggressively and he continues to respond well and is acceptably comfortable."... Read More

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Laminitis Strikes Barbaro; Survival Chances Called 'Poor'

July 13, 2006

Classic winner Barbaro has developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery is "poor," according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center... Read More

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Study Inconclusive on Arlington Fatal Injuries

July 13, 2006

Add the Illinois Racing Board to the list of those who have little idea what has caused the recent spate of fatal injuries to horses at Arlington Park Racecourse.Read More

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Barbaro in "Guarded" Condition Wednesday

July 12, 2006

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.... Read More

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Barbaro Resting Comfortably in Sixth Cast

July 11, 2006

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery in the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennyslvania's New Bolton Center, reports today that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is resting comfortably after receiving his sixth cast... Read More

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Degenerative Ligament Disease Reaches Beyond the Limbs

July 11, 2006

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a common disorder in horses once thought to involve only ligaments in the legs, actually... Read More

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Surgeons Replace Plate and Screws in Barbaro's Leg; Complications Deemed "Potentially Serious"

July 10, 2006

Late Saturday, July 8, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, replaced the plate and many of the screws that had been inserted into Barbaro's injured hind leg on May 21. "Barbaro... Read More

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Barbaro Receives Sixth Cast, Hoof Abscess Treated

July 10, 2006

(Updated July 11) After evaluating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on the morning of July 10, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery, replaced the cast on the colt's injured hind leg for a sixth time.

"The long leg cas... Read More