Barbaro Updates: 160
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Update 1200: Another article on Barbaro's new visitor for today: Specialist from Ky. to examine Barbaro today. This article simply rehashes everything we know of today's visit, and adds:
Robin Murray, public relations director for the Rood and Riddle center, said the hospital is capable of housing horses with laminitis, but added that Morrison has treated cases at some Lexington-area farms that can handle such horses as well.
Sharonlynn (Fan of Barbaro) who had this article published on horse slaughter a little earlier has more recently had two more articles published: Letter: Senators must listen to the people and Guest Opinion: Stop inhumane slaughtering of our horses to feed elite Europeans. Please review and add your thoughtful comments.
There is more good news for synthetic tracks after the short Hollywood Park meet: Cushion Track Boosts Field Sizes, Purses, Handle at Hollywood Park.
The Barbaro update will likely be late morning.
Update 1199: The Daily Racing Form is running an article on the visit tomorrow of the foot specialist from Rood & Riddle: Barbaro gets checkup. This article does not suggest immediate plans for movement to Rood & Riddle, the following is an excerpt:
"I guess Dean feels Dr. Morrison is very good in his field as far as specializing in laminitis and hoof problems, and being a blacksmith as well as a veterinarian," Jackson added. "I guess it's to see if there is something different that should be done."
Richardson prompted speculation that Barbaro's release from the New Bolton Center could be imminent when he said on Dec. 13, "In my mind's eye, he can leave in the not-so-distant future."
Richardson did not elaborate and declined to give a timeline for the horse's departure when he made the comment at a press conference.
Jackson said that she and her husband, Roy, who bred and own Barbaro together, have been making plans for the day Barbaro leaves New Bolton Center. But she declined to say where they would send the colt after his release.
"As soon as it is possible to say anything, we will be happy to say," Jackson said.
Tonight I had dinner at the Whip (thank you) with Tom Finn, who recently returned from Milawi. Tom used to gallop Storm Cat (a few years ago). It was fun listening to those stories.
Update 1198: Hard Spun clearly showed he is a promising 2yo that is ready for the major leagues. He handled the seven furlongs quite easily and drew away by about eight lengths in the end (Pennsylvania Nursery). He still looked green, and just before the wire he looked like he was looking at something. It will be tough to really get a handle on how good he is, until he does face graded stakes company, but he has done nothing wrong so far in his three facile victories. Here's hoping for continued success for this gorgeous looking son of Danzig (who breezed at Fair Hill in preparation for this race).
Mr. Boxcar seemed to run well for about 5/8ths and then faded a little. It is tough to get a guage on the remainder of the field, as they each had their race taken away from them by the overwhelming Hard Spun!
Update 1197: The first media coverage I have seen of the failure to get the Senate to vote on the anti horse-slaughter bill: Anti-Slaughter Bill Still Awaits Vote in House. Lets hope for a better result on this next year. I know many people following Barbaro have been committed to helping push this legislation and worked very hard on this issue towards the end of this year.
On a more positive note: Christmas rescue: Faithful Tradition.
Update 1196: Another comfortable night last night for Barbaro (sunday night). Mrs. Jackson just called (11 am) after her morning visit. She called as I was grooming Hawty Creek, who had a busy morning this morning. She got her new shoes at 6:30 am, and worked a half in 50 at 7:30 am. She went well. Probably 2 - 3 more works before she is ready to run. It is a gorgeous morning here, very warm. I can imagine this weather cannot last too much longer, but it is a pleasure for this time of year!
update 11:20 am, monday, december 18