Barbaro no longer using sling to support weight

Updated: August 17, 2006, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- There's more encouraging news about Barbaro.

The Kentucky Derby winner is no longer using a sling to support his weight while he continues to recuperate at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

Chief surgeon Doctor Dean Richardson said Barbaro's blood work is normal and his vital signs are good. Richardson said Thursday morning that "Barbaro has had a very good week."

Barbaro leaves his intensive stall each day to graze outside for 20 to 30 minutes.

He needed lifesaving surgery after he shattered the bones in his right hind leg during the Preakness Stakes. He later developed a severe case of laminitis in his left hind leg.

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