Barbaro improving after cast replaced again

Jan 9, 2007 - 10:05 PM KENNETT SQUARE, Pennsylvania (Ticker) - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had improved alignment in his left hind foot following a replacement of his cast six days ago.

On Wednesday, Barbaro had a cast applied to his left hind foot by Dr. Scott Morrison, an equine podiatry expert from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

On Monday, radiographs showed an improvement in the alignment of the coffin bone. The horse's fractured right hind pattern region also showed continued healing.

"This cast was applied with the goal of starting to help re-align his coffin bone properly in that foot," chief of surgery Dr. Dean W. Richardson said. "His comfort on that foot has been good since the procedure."

Now 4 years old, Barbaro is listed as stable, although Richardson added that a decision regarding his discharge from the hospital had yet to be made.

Barbaro suffered life-threatening injuries when he shattered his leg in the Preakness Stakes on May 20. He had the titanium plate and a number of screws replaced after developing discomfort in the leg and has been hospitalized since, receiving numerous cast changes.

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