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Barbaro pulled up lame in Preakness


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Laurel, MD - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was pulled up lame by jockey Edgar S. Prado only seconds after the start of the 131st Preakness began at Pimilco.

"During the race, he just took a bad step," Prado said. "I heard a noise about 100 yards into the race and pulled him right up."

Barbaro was taken back to his barn, where he was X-rayed, tranquilized and stabilized before being transported to the hospital.

Barbaro, thought by many to be a serious contender for the Triple Crown, was diagnosed with a fracture above and below his right-rear ankle. Dr. Larry Bramlage, of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, called it a "life-threatening" injury.

Surgery was set for Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, a veterinary facility, in Kennett Square, Pa.

"It's a serious fracture. This will require pretty major surgery," Bramlage said. "Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer. His career is over. This is very life-threatening."

"Under the best circumstances, we will try to save him as a stallion."

Trainer Michael Matz said at the hospital. "Hopefully, everything will go well with the operation and we'll be able to save him." :cry:

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Bernardini won the $1 million race, beating Sweetnorthernsaint by 5 1/4 lengths and paid $27.80 to win.

Winning time for the 1 3-16 miles was 1:54.65, off the stakes record of 1:53.40.

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KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) -- Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was in surgery Sunday fighting for his life a day after breaking his right rear leg in three places at the Preakness, and the colt's surgeon said he's never worked on so many catastrophic injuries to one horse.

Dr. Dean Richardson was operating at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for Large Animals and said the procedure could take several hours. There was no update after two hours of surgery.

Richardson outlined Barbaro's medical problems: a broken cannon bone above the ankle, a broken sesamoid bone behind the ankle and a broken long pastern bone below the ankle. The fetlock joint -- the ankle -- was dislocated.

"You do not see this severe injury frequently because the fact is most horses that suffer this typically are put down on the race track," said Richardson, the chief of surgery for the center. "This is rare."

"It's about as bad as it could be," he added. "The main thing going for the horse is a report that his skin was not broken at the time of injury. It's a testament to the care given to the team of doctors on the track and (jockey) Mr. Prado on the racetrack."

At the front gate, well-wishers already had tacked up signs: "Thank you, Barbaro," "Believe in Barbaro" and "We Love you Barbaro."

The New Bolton Center is widely considered the top hospital for horses in the mid-Atlantic region. The center is renowned for its specialized care, especially on animals needing complicated surgery on bone injuries.

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Kentucky Derby-winning racehorse Barbaro survived an all-day surgery to repair three broken bones in his right hind leg and was standing Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said. The colt's surgeon said, 'Barbaro "practically jogged back to the stall." :yes:

"He's a real genuine athlete, there's no doubt about it," Richardson said. "Even the way he woke up from anesthesia, he was very much the athlete waking up from general anesthesia."

Dr. Dean Richardson again stressed that Barbaro had many hurdles to clear.

"Horses with this type of injury are very, very susceptible to lots of other problems, including infection at the site," he said.

Horses are frequently euthanized after serious leg injuries because circulation problems and deadly disease can arise if they can't distribute weight evenly -- and lying down for long periods can cause internal problems, making immobilization or elevation impossible.

Richardson said he expects Barbaro to remain at the center for several weeks, but "it wouldn't surprise me if he's here much longer than that."

Roses, other assorted flowers and cards from fans and admirers expressing well wishes were delivered to the center Sunday and displayed in the lobby. One sign said "Be Well Barbaro." Two apples and five carrots, some of a horse's favorite snacks, lay next to the flowers.

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I heard Dr. Richardson say his chances of survival are only 50/50. I'm actually surprised they didn't just put him down on the track like they usually do.

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