07/11/2006 12:00AM

Barbaro doing well


Barbaro, the injured Kentucky Derby winner, was still "resting comfortably" Tuesday, according to his surgeon, three days after an infection led to surgery to replace the compression plate and many screws holding his broken right hind leg together.

"Barbaro is eating well and resting in his stall," Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center equine hospital, said in a release issued Tuesday.

The most recent procedures on the 3-year-old colt included a cast replacement on Monday - his sixth since his initial surgery on May 21 and his fourth in a week - and topical treatment of an abscess in his left hind hoof.

"He's tolerating the new cast well," Richardson said. "We have changed his left hind foot bandage, and that looks improved. His vital signs remain stable, and his attitude and appetite remain excellent."

Richardson decided to operate on Saturday after Barbaro showed a sustained elevated temperature, an indication of infection and a potentially serious setback.

Barbaro sustained his injury during the Preakness Stakes on May 20. He has been in intensive care at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., since then.