Barbaro's gets new cast; leg 'looked excellent'

The cast on Barbaro's broken right leg was
changed Sunday because a small crack had developed in it. The
bandage on the Kentucky Derby winner's laminitis-stricken left hoof
continues to be changed daily.

"Based on new radiographs that were taken, the leg
looked excellent under the cast," said Dean Richardson, chief
surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. "The pastern joint looks
completely fused, and there is only a small area in the long
pastern bone that has a little farther to go before we take him out
of the cast completely."

Radiographs showed that there were no signs of infection,
Richardson said Monday.

Richardson's comments are the latest in a stream of good news Barbaro has received since the surgeon classified the colt's survival chances as "poor" in early July. Barbaro has had a cast on the infected leg since the surgery and was let outside to graze for the first time two weeks ago.

Barbaro shattered his lower right hind leg in the Preakness Stakes on May 20.