Barbaro Updates: 176
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Update 1317: I just spoke to Tom, the Jackson's farm manager. He visited Barbaro earlier today, the first time he has visited since the news on wednesday. It was a shorter visit than normal, but a good sign he is back visiting nonetheless. Barbaro was in his sling, but standing square on all fours, and Tom thought he did look good and comfortable. Barbaro has moved back to his original stall in the ICU as is necessary in order to have access to the sling. While I have not seen Barbaro in his sling, as Tom explained it, Barbaro only really uses the sling if he is resting one of his legs. The sling's role then is to allow Barbaro to bear the additional weight on the sling, not on the other legs.
Update 1316: Updated story from the AP: No sign of infection in Barbaro's hoof, including some quotes from Dr. Richardson:
Barbaro had become uncomfortable on his left hind foot in recent days a week after a new cast was put on the foot. The cast was removed after some new separation on the inside portion of his hoof was found.
"The medial aspect of the hoof was always going to be a problem because of the way it was healing," Richardson told the AP. "The cast did not cause this problem. This issue with the foot was probably inevitable."
Richardson said Barbaro has soft bandages on the laminitis-stricken hoof, though that could change in the next few days.
Rachel, from Kennett Florist, left this comment (timestamp: 10 pm):
Sorry we haven't had a chance to post sooner, it's a been busy here. Seems like good news today. Big Boss is still hungry!! Eat Boss, Eat!
We didn't get up to NBC until later this afternoon today and the place was starting to clear out... which seems to be the norm for a Friday afternoon. This way, maybe some of the second and third shifts will get to reap some of the goodies we brought up today. The big guy got his favorites! We also brought up a big horseshoe of flowers and placed it in the lobby next to one of Barbaro's many posters. I will see if I can get a picture of it up on the forum. Hope you all have a great weekend!! We love you all, we love you Big B, we love Mr and Mrs Jackson!!! (and ofcourse you too Alex)
Rach at KF
Here is the horseshoe arrangement refered above: Barbaro's new horseshoe
Update 1315: 2006 Sports moment of the year: Barbaro's Kentucky Derby
Update 1314: Mrs. Jackson just called (about noon time) to confirm Barbaro's status after her visit. He is comfortable, and was eating his grass, apples, pears and a carrot during Mrs. Jackson's visit. She then asked me how Hawty Creek was doing! I was talking to Mrs. Jackson while in the local store, Prizzios. As soon as our conversation was over Ron, the owner, asked me how Barbaro was doing. I could give him a real-time report!
update, 12:30 pm, friday, january 12
Update 1313: New Bolton's update this morning: Barbaro comfortable overnight:
According to his medical team, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro rested comfortably overnight. "We do not believe that this setback puts him all the way back to where he was in July," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery. "He has much more healthy tissue on the bottom of the left foot than he had at that time. He spends part of each day in his sling, and he is eating well and acting bright."
The colt's right hind leg, injured at the Preakness on May 20, 2006, is also being closely monitored. "We have a solid column of bone to work with in the right hind limb," said Dr. Richardson. "There are no signs of infection in either limb at this time. It is very disappointing to have him go through this setback, but we will continue to try to keep him comfortable and assist his healing with reasonable and humane measures."
Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Penn's George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center.
The next update will be posted on Tuesday, January 16, unless there is a significant change in Barbaro's condition.
Update 1312: A warmer morning this morning at Fair Hill as we await the Barbaro update from New Bolton. I rode the same seven horses I have ridden for the last few days. Who's Happy was first out and went to the Tapeta track. It was about 6:40 am when I got to the track, still pretty dark out under a cloudy sky. I saw some movement just outside the outside rail but was not quite close enough to see what it was. When I jogged by and was a little closer I saw the outline of what I assumed was a fox. I jogged back to the 5/8ths, turned around and began our gallop. As I galloped by the quarter pole I noticed something on the track ... and then it scampered away ... it was a fox! Wildlife this morning also included some deer to the left of our horsepath, and plenty of geese, in formation, flying overhead. All the horses seemed to train well, and Hawty Creek went back to the dirt track again and jogged / cantered two turns. Her appetite is really starting to pick back up, hope she does not get too fat before she runs!
Plenty of people were asking me this morning about how Barbaro was doing. Of course I gave them my latest update from this site.
Update 1311: The reporters closest to the Barbaro story have these reports this morning:
Mike Jensen: Barbaro's status remains uncertain
Ed Fountaine: WHEW! BARBARO PULLS OFF RALLY
Dan Gelston: Barbaro shows good signs after setback
Here are some photographs of the New Bolton fence line, as of new year's eve: FOB Posters.
Michael Matz had a scheduled visit this weekend planned, so he will be able to visit Barbaro over the weekend. I am assuming New Bolton will put out another update today.