Barbaro's Struggle Ends

We have very sad news to report. The race horse Barbaro has been put to sleep after a heroic battle to survive.

Barbaro broke his leg at the preakness but his will to live amazed the doctors who did all they could to keep him alive for eight months.

Barbaro suffered a major relapse over the weekend.

Barbaro, born and bred in Kentucky, from a bloodline of champions, delighted the crowd at the Kentucky Derby, crossing the finish line nearly seven lengths ahead of the pack.

Two weeks later at the start of the preakness, the undefeated Barbaro shattered his right hind leg and his triple crown chances along with it. The champion initially overcame what could have been a deadly accident, thanks largely to jockey Edgar Prado. He immediately pulled up Barbaro and quickly dismounted. He gave the horse all the credit.

“He’s such a smart horse. He knew he was in trouble. He didn’t put up any resistance, he wasn’t fighting it. All I did was to stay balanced and pull him up,” Prado said.

Barbaro underwent several extensive and complicated surgeries and was recovering well but his condition suddenly worsened. Veterinarians had to replace a titanium plate in his right hind leg and remove most of his left hind hoof to treat laminitis, a disease brought on by uneven weight distribution.

Though Barbaro never won the triple crown, his performance at the Kentucky Derby and his struggle after the preakness, inspired fans and brought new interest to a century’s old sport. Reminding us, that champions are not defined simply by a number of victories but by their fighting spirit.

Barbaro’s owner had hoped Barbaro would be able to recover and then be able to breed.

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