05/21/2006 11:00PM

Surgeons cautiously optimistic on Barbaro's prognosis

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Sabina Louise Pierce/Univ. of Pennsylvania
This photo of an X-ray of Barbaro's right hind leg reveals the extent of his injuries. Surgeons used 23 screws and a locking compression plate to repair the damage that the Derby winner suffered during the Preakness Stakes last Saturday.

One day after undergoing extensive surgery to repair his severely injured right hind ankle, Barbaro was resting comfortably in his climate-controlled stall in the intensive care unit at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals in Kennett Square, Pa.

"He's doing all the things a horse should do, including eating and nickering at the mares near him," said Dean Richardson, the hospital's chief of surgery, who performed surgery on Barbaro Sunday afternoon "While we are optimistic, we remain cautious about his prognosis and are watching for signs of infection at the surgical site, lamintis and other possible aftereffects of the surgery."

Barbaro suffered three major fractures in his right hind ankle during the early stages of Saturday's Preakness Stakes in which he was the 1-2 favorite. Dr. Richardson inserted 23 screws into the colt's right hind leg in hopes of fusing together the ankle joint to allow Barbaro to bear weight.

Barbaro's racing career is over and he is given a 50-50 chance to survive and become a serviceable stallion.One day after undergoing extensive surgery to repair his severely injured right hind ankle, Barbaro was resting comfortably in his climate-controlled stall in the intensive care unit at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals in Kennett Square, Pa.

"He's doing all the things a horse should do, including eating and nickering at the mares near him," said Dean Richardson, the hospital's chief of surgery, who performed surgery on Barbaro Sunday afternoon "While we are optimistic, we remain cautious about his prognosis and are watching for signs of infection at the surgical site, lamintis and other possible aftereffects of the surgery."

Barbaro suffered three major fractures in his right hind ankle during the early stages of Saturday's Preakness Stakes in which he was the 1-2 favorite. Dr. Richardson inserted 23 screws into the colt's right hind leg in hopes of fusing together the ankle joint to allow Barbaro to bear weight.

Barbaro's racing career is over and he is given a 50-50 chance to survive and become a serviceable stallion.