There is something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man. (Winston Churchill)
The brilliant race horse, Barbaro was euthanized today after a series of surgeries and long recovery following a breakdown in the Preakness last May. You can read details from The Daily Racing Form in this link. His past performances may be found in this PDF, thanks to The Daily Racing Form.
Excepting his breakdown in the Preakness, Barbaro won every race he ever ran. In the 2006 Kentucky Derby, he crushed a decent Derby field, beating Bluegrass Cat by 6 1/2 lengths, finishing less than two seconds off Secretariat’s Derby record. Many, myself included, believed this extraordinary three year-old athlete was “the one” to finally capture the absolutely difficult Triple Crown by winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.
This was not to be as he broke his leg soon after breaking from the starting gate at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Barbaro’s death is once again a reminder of these marvelous animals who give their all and often their life for our entertainment. It would be worthy to take a moment of gratitude.