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|Apr. 19, 2007
||La Ville Rouge, the dam of Barbaro, foaled
a full brother to the late Classic-winning colt April 19. According
to a release from Dr. John and Alice Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm
near Lexington, where the mare is kept, La Ville Rouge produced
the bay son of Dynaformer at 2:08 a.m. Both mare and foal are
healthy and doing well, according to the farm. The colt was bred
by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who also bred and owned Barbaro.
$3 million gift from Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of Barbaro,
will endow a chair in the name of Dr. Dean
Richardson at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary
Medicine. The endowed chair is the cornerstone of a major new
Penn Vet initiative to fight laminitis, which afflicted Kentucky
Derby winner Barbaro. The
laminitis initiative will foster training programs and studies
for new treatments of equine diseases.
euthanized."We just reached a point where it was going
to be difficult for him to go on without pain," co-owner
Roy Jackson said. "It was the right decision, it was the
right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation
where it would become more difficult for him then it would
be time." Roy and Gretchen Jackson were with Barbaro on
Monday morning, with the owners making the decision in consultation
with chief surgeon Dean Richardson. "I just can't explain
why everyone is so caught up in this horse," Roy Jackson,
who owned the colt with his wife, Gretchen, has said time and
again. "Everything is so negative now in the world, people
love animals and I think they just happen to latch onto him." Barbaro's
biggest gift has been the $1.2 million raised since early June
for the Barbaro Fund. The money is put toward needed equipment
such as an operating room table, and a raft and sling for the
same pool recovery Barbaro used after his surgeries.
has sustained a deep subsolar abscess in his right hind foot,
forcing doctors to try a risky procedure to reduce pressure
from bearing weight on that foot. This was the latest setback
on the same leg he shattered during the running of the Preakness
Stakes. "He's got a lot of issues, and not any of them
is bad enough to say goodbye. But put together it's not a good
day for Barbaro," Jackson said in a story posted on the
paper's Web site.
had another section of his laminitis-stricken left hind hoof
removed Saturday, and a cast was placed back on his right hind
leg for additional support."The left hind deep digital
flexor tendon was cut to help decrease the pull on the coffin
bone by that tendon," Richardson said in an update issued
by the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
to a statement from New Bolton released Wednesday, Jan. 10,
Barbaro "became acutely more uncomfortable on his left
hind foot. The foot cast was removed and some new separation
of the medial (inside) portion of his hoof was found. This
required some additional debridement (removal of the damaged
tissue) last night." The setback comes one week after
a new cast was put in place on the left hind foot. He is being
treated much more aggressively at this time for his discomfort," the
New Bolton statement said. "He is continuing to eat well
and is otherwise stable."
Jockey Club has changed the name of the Sir Barton Stakes to
the Barbaro Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is
one of eight added money races on the Preakness undercard. "We
thought it was the right thing to do," said Lou Raffetto,
president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey
Club. "Barbaro has become the most popular racehorse in
the country because of his courageous battle to overcome such
a severe injury. This change will allow the next generation
of race fans to reflect upon this magnificent and beloved champion
during Preakness day at Pimlico."
health is still at risk and he's still showing signs of his
near-fatal injury, doctors say the famous racehorse may soon
be leaving intensive care."There's a possibility we'd
try to get him out of the hospital where he'd be able to be
walked on softer footing, because at this point his medical
care is relatively modest," Richardson said. It's been
nearly 7 months since his injury in the Preakness - However,
fans never lost hope, sending tens of thousands of get-well
cards and even Christmas ornaments, proving that America loves
rooting for an underdog. " The story has become one not
of athletic greatness, but one of the greatness of character," said
Laura Hillenbrand, author of "Seabiscuit."
is steadily gaining strength on his right hind limb now that
it is out of the cast," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, chief
of surgery at the New Bolton Center. "He is only wearing
a very light cotton bandage on that leg and both walks and
stands well on it." Barbaro's left hind foot, which had
laminitis, also continues to improve. "The left hind foot
is improving gradually and has a long way to go although his
comfort on that foot remains surprisingly good," said
Dr. Richardson. "Barbaro's attitude and appetite remain
excellent, and he still takes short walks outside to graze
each day if the weather permits."
cast was removed today. "Barbaro was placed under general
anesthesia for the cast removal," said Dr. Dean Richardson,
chief of surgery. "In addition, his foot was trimmed and
a new shoe was glued on. A padded bandage with plastic and
fiberglass splints was placed on his lower limb for support." Barbaro's
left hind foot, which had laminitis, was also fully evaluated
while he was under anesthesia. "There are no signs of
new problems with that foot, but the hoof needs several more
months of growth before we will know how much foot structure
and function will be recovered," said Richardson.
said, "We took x-rays of his right hind leg today and
we're probably going to be removing his cast permanently next
week. Every day that goes by is good and it gets better
as he continues to do well, but he still does not have a normal
left hind foot, and he needs a normal left hind foot before
he can live a normal life as a horse. He's better, but
he has a long way to go."
cast was changed on Monday the 9th. "We placed Barbaro
under general anesthesia to remove the old cast on his right
hind limb and took new radiographs to assess the continued
healing of the original injuries," said Dr. Dean Richardson. "I
was pleased with the continued progression of healing and the
overall condition of this leg." Barbaro's left hind foot,
which had laminitis, continues to gradually improve. "There
is good growth along the quarters [closer to the heel] but
there will need to be much more healing along the front of
the hoof," said Richardson, who cautioned that "we
still have many months of healing ahead of us."
continues to improve... Dr. Richardson recently said "He's
very bright and happy when you bring him out. He tries to drag
you around usually, he's doing everything right. But there's
still a long way to go." So far, the hoof has grown about
18 millimeters in the heel area, but "he's got to have
three times that, at least," says Richardson. As the hoof
grows back, the foot still remains vulnerable to another bout
of laminitis or to infection.
Jackson, who owns Barbaro with her husband Roy, when asked
about Barbaro's condition said: "You're naturally guarded.
But for a not medically-educated person such as me, in the
last month since his crisis with laminitis, he seems to have
gone so much in the right direction. He seems to use all four
legs better to equal his weight, to spread his weight amongst
four legs, to stand more. And he has never ceased from eating
up a storm. Arms and legs included. He would like to grab your
arm or leg or hand. He just is doing it all remarkably well.
He's just phenomenal.
latest examination of Barbaro's injured leg Dr. Richardson
said; "Based on new radiographs that were taken, the leg
looked excellent under the cast, said Dr. Dean Richardson,
chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center. "The pastern
joint looks completely fused, and there is only a small area
in the long pastern bone that has a little farther to go before
we take him out of the cast completely."
appetite and his attitude right now are phenomenal; he attacks
his feed and when he goes out to graze, he acts like he thinks
he could train," according to Dr. Richardson. He
also added that "He needs to continue to improve over
the next few months before we will have a better idea about
his long term comfort."
that Barbaro is not saved yet, Dr. Richardson did say "I
think his chances of making it are better than I thought six
weeks ago. The quality of healing of his laminitis foot at
this time is good, and I am increasingly optimistic that he
may grow a good enough hoof to become comfortable in the long-term." In
the event of Barbaro making an optimum recovery, Richardson
made a bold remark in saying, "I still believe there is
a chance to save him to be a comfortable breeding stallion,
capable of naturally covering mares...if he fully recovers,
he will be able to do more than walk."
three months in the Intensive Care Unit of Penn's George D.
Widener Hospital, classic winner Barbaro has begun brief outings
to some grassy areas adjacent to the ICU to hand graze. Dr.
Richardson said "His appetite remains strong, he sleeps
well, and we continue to monitor him closely. He is measurably
gaining weight and his overall attitude is great."
said they are pleased with how Barbaro has kept the fighting
spirit and appears to be turning a corner. He is no longer
on continual IV drips, and the epidural is out.
Richardson changes the cast on Barbaro's injured leg and reports
that it looks "Good"
cast should be removed by now, but the laminitis prevents this
remains comfortable and stable.
laminitis is being treated aggressively with pain medication. Jockey
Edgar Prado visits, Barbaro falls asleep with his head on Prado's
discloses that Barbaro has laminitis, a painful and often fatal
disease; vets remove 80 percent of left hind hoof to treat
the condition; chances of survival termed "poor" by
cast replaced again, this time with a shorter one. Dr. Richardson
believes there will be "some tough days ahead."
develops "potentially serious" complications to injured
leg; undergoes surgery to treat new infection in leg; Cast
replaced, this time with a longer one that provides additional
support; doctors replace plate and many of the screws.
cast replaced; two bent screws are replaced and three new ones
are added across the pastern joint.
after Barbaro's Preakness injury his recovery is going smoothly. "He's
a lively, bright, happy horse. If you asked me a month ago,
I would have gladly accepted where we are today," Dr.
reports that "his leg looks excellent.", as Barbaro
is placed under general anesthesia to have his cast changed
for first time
the Belmont in what would have been the final race in Barbaro's
undergoes over five hours of surgery at the New Bolton Center
in Kennett Square, Pa. A ttitanium plate and 27 screws were
inserted in his broken leg. Dr. Dean Richardson calls chance
of survival a "coin toss."
breaks down within the first furlong of the Preakness. Jockey
Edgar Prado manages to pull him up before more damage can be
done. He is vanned off the track and rushed to the New
Bolton Equine center where it is reported that he has shattered
three bones in his right hind leg. The Preakness is won
by Bernardini, but all thoughts and prayers are with Barbaro.
|May 6, 2006
dominates a very strong Kentucky Derby field. He wins
the race by 6 1/2 lenghts in a performance that has many calling
him a near certainty to win the Triple Crown.
||In his final
Kentucky Derby prep race, Barbaro wins the Florida Derby, validating
Michael Matz's training program and silencing all doubters
of his ability to run off of a layoff.
wins the Holy Bull stakes, his first win racing on the dirt.
wins the Tropical Park Derby, his first graded stakes win.
wins his maiden debut, on the turf at Deleware Park.
is born at Springmint farm in Nicholasville, KY. He was
foaled and raised by Bill Sanborn, who was leasing the 257-acre
Springmint Farm in Jessmine County, KY. "We were
just ecstatic that he won the Derby," said Sanborn. "The
Jacksons are quality people, first class people. We couldn't
be happier for them." Although he believes Derby winners
can't be predicted, Sanborn said Barbaro was a special colt. " He
was a real big strong horse," he said. "We just saw
that he was a nice, big strong horse that seemed to have a