Barbaro Updates: 92
updates are now here.
Update 764: Peter Brette just called (7pm). Barbaro continued to have a good day today. Peter had heard from Michael who had visited. He was out of his stall for about an hour. No doubt a great day for grazing.
Update 763: I have just returned from visiting Mike Rea. I am amazed at how well he seems to be doing. He is kind of emotional, and gets a little frustrated he is not progressing faster, but I think he seems to be progressing very well. We had long chats, his lovely mum was there, I think she has basically moved to Elkton! Mike is so touched at everyone's support. Anyway, just as I was leaving he (or his mum) mentioned he may be up for an award. I had heard something about this in Fair Hill this morning (Tammy, who along with Mike rescued four horses from the terrible barn fire, mentioned something to Tim). Anway, he and Tammy have been nominated for the White Horse Award. They are two of five nominees (I think it is five altogether), and as a nominee have been invited to this year's Breeders' Cup for awards ceremonies and prizes etc. And then of course, they might win! Anyway, I was pretty excited for Mike. I am not sure if he can get to Kentucky early November, but I think its great that he (and Tammy) have been recognized for their heroic actions.
During the visit we also talked about Barbaro. I mentioned to Mike that it is one year tomorrow since his first win. Of course Mike mentioned that he was there that day ... had a runner in the race. I asked him where his horse was when Barbaro crossed the wire ... Anyway, all in all a very good visit.
Rachel from Kennett Florist left this quick report in the comments of their visit to NBC, timestamp: 9:17 pm:
Not only ACN, but a "very, very well" from Dr Dean! Way to go Big guy... of course we know how well his appitite has been.
Spirits were good at NBC today. We dropped off some treats for our boy as well as some for the beloved donor horses. It's a good day to graze, I think we're getting out Indian Summer here this week, it's warm today and supposed to be crazy hot tomorrow. I'm sure Big B is enjoying the sun on his back!
Rachel at Kennett Florist
Update 762: This afternoon I think I will go over and see Mike Rea. I have not seen him since his birthday party, and I have a couple of bracelets that Lisa and Skyler wanted me to pass along. Catching up with his blog it seems he is able to get out and about a little, so he might not even be there when I visit. Anyway, if he is, it will be good to see him.
Sabina Pierce (Barbaro photographer) left the transcript of Andy Rooney's 60 minutes piece in the comments, timestamp: 2:02pm.
Update 761: New Bolton's weekly update: Barbaro had another good week:
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week, and continues to please veterinarians with his progress. "He is doing very, very well," said Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be excellent."
Veterinarians plan to change the colt's right hind leg cast within the next week, if needed. Barbaro's left hind hoof remains in a protective bandage, which is changed daily. He still goes out to walk and graze each day.
While pleased with Barbaro's progress, Dr. Richardson is cautious about his prognosis. Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, where he is recovering from injuries suffered at the Preakness on May 20.
The next update will be posted on Tuesday, October 10, unless there is a significant change in Barbaro's condition.
Update 760: Another comfortable night last night for Barbaro (monday night). I saw Michael Matz when I was on my second set (Chappy), Michael was on Messaging, stood by the gap on the dirt. He had heard from Dr. Richardson. It is another beautiful day here at Fair Hill.
It is also the end of an era, the last day of the woodchip track, Fair Hill's original training surface. It will be replaced by the Tapeta surface (synthetic track) which will hopefully be ready in a couple of months. Chappy was my last horse to gallop on the woodchip, and she was in great company. Graham Motion was breezing a few of his horses, they included Film Maker and Sweet Talker.
update, tuesday october 3, 8:25 am
Update 759: The update for Barbaro this morning will again be after 8 am.
NPR did a piece on Precisionist yesterday on "All Things Considered": Precisionist Nears a New Pasture, you can now go to the link and listen to the audio online.
Steve Haskins (Bloodhorse) writes a nice summary of last weekends' racing activities and the implications for the forthcoming Breeders' Cup: Countdown to the Cup: Where Will the Cat Strike Next? A very good read for those getting ready to enjoy the Breeders' Cup.