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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by markvid, May 20, 2006.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Damn sure A1 if the worst happens.
  2. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Interesting that it wouldn't have been prominent had Barbaro won the race, setting up the Triple Crown.
  3. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    No doubt.
  4. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

      A non-medical professional's attempt to explain blood supply:
      Blood has to be circulating into the affected area for healing to take place. As a personal example, my torn meniscus had to be removed because blood was no longer going into the cartilage (if I'd torn it before 30, the doc explained, it was repairable, but I was almost 40 when I did it).
      Also, if you lose blood supply to an extremity, it may turn gangrenous and require amputation (not necessarily fatal for a human, but probably different for a horse).
  5. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    So... maybe he was jumpy before the other races because his leg was slightly screwed up?  Just a thought.
  6. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member


    Dr. Larry Bramlage of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, said Barbaro suffered a fracture above and below the ankle.

    "It's a serious fracture. This will require pretty major surgery. ... Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer," he said. "His career is over. This is very life threatening. Under the best circumstances, we will try to save him as a stallion."

    Barbaro, the 1-2 favorite, broke through the starting gate before the official start, but Bramlage said that had nothing to do with the injury. After the colt was led back to the gate, the field broke cleanly.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I don't think he could have had his record if this was a pre-exisiting injury.

    As they said in the sign off, they're beautiful, beautiful animals.  And exceptionally fragile.  Look at that itty bitty ankle supporting that weight.

    A bad step. It happens - though I will always wonder if he bumped the thing on the early break and threw off his stride. It's just too damn freaky.
  8. Who Knows

    Who Knows Member

    Ah, makes sense.

    And hopefully, the worst doesn't happen here.
  9. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    In an effort not to out myself, I'll say my publication decided to bump a pretty big local playoff story inside to put Barbaro out there. Originally, we were gonna have a big refer package to the Preakness. ... Not anymore.

    How sad. I can't watch the replays.
  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    And that's exactly why a coworker feels they should raise the age to 4 years old instead of 3.

    I know every paper in this state will run Barbaro on the front with a writeup of the race on the inside. At least that's what we're doing here.
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I can't imagine a decision on his life will be made tonight. They have to sedate him, brace him, get him to Pa. and get a look at him there.

    From there I suspect a vet will either ask for a scalpel or a syringe.

    I'm praying for surgery.
  12. markvid

    markvid Guest

    I do not know why, but every time something like this happens, I always think back and remember what happened to Ruffian in 1975 vs Secretariat.
    I still remember it even though I was only 7.
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