If you were concerned, it looks like Barbaro, a Kentucky Debry-winning horse that competed in the Preakness Stakes, is faring well after his surgery. Apparently his long-term prospects are less certain; the article gives Barbaro a 50% chance of surviving. I don’t like those odds.
The strapping 3-year-old colt sustained “life-threatening injuries” Saturday when he broke bones above and below his right rear ankle at the start of the Preakness Stakes. His surgery began around 1 p.m. Sunday, and it wasn’t until some eight hours later that Richardson and trainer Michael Matz emerged to announce that all had gone well.
This article describes the surgery.
Until he was injured, Barbaro earned nice money this year, totalling more than $2 million. He was expected to take the Triple Crown. Experts thought it would be a good idea to bet against the horse, citing an expected bounce, his time off, or better luck for other horses, but some maintained it would be better to bet for Barbaro. Those who took the long bet against the horse should be happy, but hopefully they wished their win was under different circumstances.
Personally, I don’t have enough extra money to gamble on things I cannot control.
Updated July 16, 2010 and originally published May 22, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @flexo on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.