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Barbaro has procedure on right hind leg

Barbaro has procedure on right hind leg

A custom-made cast was removed and Barbaro underwent a procedure on his right hind leg Saturday, the same leg the Kentucky Derby winner shattered eight months ago in the Preakness.
It is the first time in weeks the right hind leg has been the focus of concern. For months, it was the left hind leg that put Barbaro's recovery in jeopardy because of laminitis, the often-fatal hoof disease.
"They did some procedures on the one he originally injured," co-owner Roy Jackson told The Associated Press on Saturday night. "He had a little bit of a bruise, an abscess."
Gail Luciani, a spokeswoman for the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school, would not confirm if a procedure was performed on Barbaro by chief surgeon Dean Richardson and had no additional comment.
Jackson's wife and co-owner, Gretchen, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Barbaro was again facing tough odds.
"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.
Roy Jackson said he visited Barbaro after the procedure and the colt was alert and ate his grass. Jackson also said there were no additional problems with the left hind and that it was "doing pretty well."
The procedure comes three days after Barbaro had two new casts applied to his hind legs. He received a custom-made plastic and steel brace on his right hind leg. He also got a special orthotic brace on the right foot that will give him additional support and give doctors easier access to an abscess that was drained.
Gretchen Jackson told the Inquirer the brace was removed.
"We seem to be going through a period where things are coming up," Roy Jackson said. "It hasn't been all smooth the last three or four weeks."


Updated : 2021-03-01 04:01 GMT+08:00