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Memories of BARBARO
RIP Barbaro, you represent all our furbabies gone on ahead...Your fight was valiant...

Born April 29th 2003 at Springmint Farm in Nicholasville, KY where his Dam, La Ville Rouge was boarded, son of Dynaformer..

Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson made the painful decision after consulting with Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the New Bolton facility who had directed Barbaro's treatment throughout his hospitalization.

A deterioration of the originally injured leg required surgery on Saturday during which pins were inserted through the bone and connected to an external device. That setback, complicated by a left-hind hoof afflicted by severe laminitis, indications that the front hooves were beginning to become laminitic and Barbaro's inability to lay down for 48 hours following the last surgery led to the final decision "There was not one foot that was not affected," Gretchen Jackson told the Thoroughbred Times.

Our comfort in this whole sadness is that he was a bigger champion than we had ever dreamed - he brought in many millions to the New Bolton Center and probably brought in money to animal shelters and horse rescue organizations throughout the country by having raised people's awareness of animals in need. He also certainly was helpful to the medical team as a learning experience, he brought revenue to his own community with all those carrots, apples, flowers and peppermints, and most importantly he expanded people's knowledge of the plight of horses in this country and created an atmosphere where many more people were petitioning their congresspeople and senators to pass bills making horse slaughter for food in this country absolutely illegal. Now, that's a real Champion! And, he lived a life of privilege and died with many people he loved very much near him. Rainbowbridge.com

Barbaro's racing career

Preakness Stakes

May 20, 2006: Pimlico, 1 3/16 miles, Dirt, DNF. Kentucky Derby

May 6, 2006: Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 miles, Dirt, 1st by 61/2 lengths. Florida Derby

April 1, 2006: Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8-8 miles, Dirt, 1st by 1/2-length. Holy Bull Stakes

Feb. 4, 2006: Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 miles, Dirt, 1st by 3/4-length. Tropical Park Derby

Jan. 1, 2006: Calder, 11/8 miles, Turf, 1st by 33/4 lengths. Laurel Futurity

Nov. 19, 2005: Laurel Park, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 1st by 8 lengths. Maiden race

Oct. 4, 2005: Delaware Park, 1 mile, Turf, 1st by 81/2 lengths.


Barbaro loses fight to recover

May 6, 2006

-- Wins Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths -- largest margin since 1946

May 20

-- Shatters three bones in right hind leg in the Preakness

May 21

-- Undergoes more than five hours of surgery

May May 27

-- Fitted with three­part, glue-on horseshoe to help reduce risk of laminitis

June 13

-- Cast changed for first time

July 8

-- Develops potentially serious complications to injured leg; undergoes surgery


-- Doctor discloses colt has laminitis; vets remove 80 percent of left hind hoof

Aug. 9

-- Taken out of intensive-care unit and grazes outside for first time

Oct. . 10

-- New cast on right hind leg, left hind leg slowly improving


Jan. 3, 2007

-- New cast set on left hind hoof

Jan. . 10

-- Damaged tissue from left hind hoof removed

Jan. . 29

-- Euthanized after series of setbacks

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