05/24/2006 12:00AM

Barbaro "excellent" on Wednesday

Sabina Louise Pierce/Univ. of Pennsylvania
Barbaro, at New Bolton Center in his stall adorned with cards and gifts from well wishers, is attended to by Dr. Dean Richardson on Tuesday.

Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner who suffered catastrophic injuries in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, was reported to be in "excellent" condition Wednesday afternoon by the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

According to Dr. Dean Richardson, the chief of surgery who operated on Barbaro on Sunday afternoon, Barbaro is stable and happy. He remains in intensive care at the hospital.

Barbaro fractured his right hind leg in three places during the Preakness. On Sunday, he had 27 screws inserted in and around that ankle in order to try and stabilize the joint. His recuperation is expected to take several months, and Richardson has warned that complications could still arise. New Bolton's web site has much information on Barbaro, including an update released each day at 3 p.m. Eastern time. That site is .