NOT TO BEAT A DEAD HORSE BUT….Just when you thought Barbaro was gone and buried in a Farmer John lunchmeat product, the Kentucky Derby winner that refuses to die is back making news. His owners decided to start a $3 million endowment at the University of Pennsylvania’s vet school to study equine diseases.
Barbaro was “put down,” as they like to say, on Jan. 29 after something called laminitis set into his shattered right rear leg in the Preakness. Why they didn’t just give him the Ted Williams treatment is beyond us. But that all would still be news to some.
“‘The fractured right hind leg healed so well, he was out of his cast and walking daily,’ says Dr. Dean Richardson of the University of Pennsylvania, Barbaro’s chief surgeon. ‘But he developed a condition in his left hind hoof requiring surgery on Jan. 13. Since then, his comfort has improved and he’s stable.’”
Perhaps it’s best not to break the news to the 37-million circulation so soon. We can’t handle any more flood of outpouring: