Barbaro Updates: 45
updates are now here.
Update 455: Peter just called, Michael visited after his nice win at Delaware (No Fair) and Barbaro remains comfortable.
A quick update from Alie at Kennett Florist:
What a great day!!! NBC was so upbeat & happy. Dr R's birthday will be wonderful. I can't wait to see his face when he sees all of this. Going to see Alex sat, Can't wait.
We were very busy today. Rachel & Bernie were off & Diane is on vacation. So I could not answer emails. Will try to answer you're your messages, tonight. But my 11 yr old granddaughter is here. Not much time. I wish you all could see the love & joy you have given to Bobby, NBC, Kennett Square & KF. We love team Barbaro. And of course Barbaro, Alex, The Jackson's and all connected to NBC
Love to Bobby
Good night from Kennett Square & KF
HRTV will be running a short segment (somewhat randomly) about Fair Hill today and tomorrow. It includes some photos we have on this site. Tina (x Fair Hill from a longtime ago and the original owner of my helmet and helmet cover) put it together. Talking of HRTV, I watched Something Wild (no excuse, had a good trip, seemed closers did better in the race, cooled out fine, finished 5th), Bond Beauty (duked it out up front, looked good for a long time, seemed to fade in the final furlong) and No Fair (nice winner for Michael Matz at Delaware Park.)
Update 454: A few people had mentioned Lost in the Fog getting colic. Here is the story: Lost in the Fog Treated for Colic. It seems it is not a severe case, here is an excerpt:
"If it wasn't Lost in the Fog, we would have taken care of it at the barn," Gilchrist stated. "This is a very slight case of colic. We are not anticipating surgery being necessary. They are running tests on him now, and I would expect to have him back in the barn Thursday or Friday. When he got off the van at Davis, he was feeling good enough where he was looking around for the racetrack."
Lost in the Fog was a brilliant sprinter last year (maybe this year too, not really been following him). For more information on colic: Wikipedia: Colic.
While looking for an article on this, I discovered Dr. Richardson is hosting a chat for Bloodhorse tomorrow, August 16, 6 pm eastern time. Submit your questions!
Update 453: A quick update re: Dr. Richardson's birthday planning. New Bolton Center's next update will be thursday of this week. Skyler has provided an update on the status of the bracelets that are being produced with Lisa, comment timestamp: 3:03 pm below, a quick excerpt:
The wristband with the Lael Stables' colors (blue/green) has yet to be produced. This is the band that says "Believe in Miracles, Believe in Barbaro". Proper steps have been taken to ensure that this band, this slogan, these colors are done the right way. Additionally, further movement is contingent on the Jackson's approval.
WM & CL offer us this (timestamp 3:52pm below):
****WHAT BARBARO MEANS*****
by Wm & CL Shaw August 15, 2006
Champion of Champions including
Words like Hero, Champion, Spirited One,
Fierce Warrier, Heart Like No Other, Other Worldly,
Seabiscuit's Spirit, Beloved Barbaro & Bobby,
Bravehearted One, America's Favorite Son,
Blessed One, Lucky Swift-Footed, Magnificent One Intelligent Smarty One, Courageous, Graced by
Sweet Barbaro, Old Soul, Victorious Champion,
Miracle Boy, Handsome Big Guy, Equine Hero,
Folkhero, Heaven's Wings, Perfect Motion,
Graceful Elegant One, Loving Boy, Champion Spirit,
A Loving Champion, Remarkable Barbaro, One-in-a-Million,
Barbaro's Swagger, Graceful Presence, Superhorse,
Thriver, Mild-Mannered, Light of Hope, Unbeatable,
Sweetest Precious, Miraculous Power, Smartbrains,
Our Kentucky Derby Winner 2006
His Legacy Continues...
And finally, Something Wild is running today in the 8th race in Philadelphia (Tim's horse), and Debbie's Bond Beauty is also running at River Downs in the 9th!
Update 452: Excellent article from the Baltimore Sun: Barbaro takes big step forward provides good insight into how Bobby is doing. The following excerpts are only a few of the interesting quotes:
"I was at Saratoga, when Mrs. [Gretchen] Jackson called me and said, 'You'll never guess where I am. I'm outside with Barbaro and he's eating grass!' " said Barbaro's trainer, Michael Matz. "I was very happy to hear that. It was the first time he's been outside the building since the day he arrived there."
"He's always been calm when taken out to graze," Matz said.
Anderson said Barbaro "has gone to the next level of rehabilitation" and has reached the point where "it is safe to walk him out a short distance."
"We hoped to be able to take him outside six weeks ago, prior to his foundering," she said. Anderson was referring to how Barbaro had developed laminitis, a painful inflammation, in his left hind foot, which resulted in the removal of 80 percent of his hoof wall.
"But his fracture wasn't strong enough [for the exercise]," Anderson said. "If he did anything stupid, it would have made it a very bad decision. Obviously, he's progressed from there, and the walk provides a little stimulation to both of his legs, even though they are still both in casts. And it is very good for his attitude."
Susan Danner, Matz's farm assistant who was present for the first outing, said the horse was extremely docile when his stable door was opened, not expecting anything unusual. But once he was led outside, "he brightened noticeably."
We do know however that there remains a long road ahead, and Bobby is not yet out of the woods. The next vigil is planned for this saturday, 7 pm east coast time, August 19.
It also seems Barbaro remains in the local news this morning. Some have also noted he was on CBS national news last night, is this correct ? (I was watching a riding lesson at the time).
Update 451: Another comfortable night last night for Barbaro (monday night). Spoke to Michael Matz coming back from my third set. He also noted that when he visited last night, all was good.
updated tuesday 7:05am
Update 450: Our friends at Horsetalk, NZ continue their Barbaro coverage: Grazing a small, exciting step for Barbaro (this site is quoted).
Melissa is the first to celebrate the grazing upgrade with a video: Barbaro Celebrating Grazing in the Grass. And to further celebrate this news WendyinMI has proposed her own contest along with some very cool golfing prizes: Bring Out Your Best Barbaro Tribute Contest. I am looking forward to the continued creativity!