Call it one legend paying homage to another. Following an 80-minute procedure Monday to repair his broken left leg and two torn knee ligaments, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno received an encouraging and equally surprising visit from Kentucky Derby champion, Barbaro. Fresh out of the world's most famous leg cast in the not too far away New Bolton Center at UPenn, the affable horse was picked up by his personal chauffeur and driven directly to Mount Nittany Medical Center where Paterno was recovering.
"It seemed to cheer him up," said one hospital staffer. "You could hear them laughing a lot. Barbaro kept making jokes about how much money he lost on the Breeder's Cup this past weekend."