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A sad end: Barbaro euthanized

January 29, 2007

2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who suffered a horrendous injury in the Preakness in Baltimore, was euthanized today after months of efforts by veterinarians to stabilize the horse’s leg and repair the damage.

Barbaro (AP)

Last weekend, doctors tried to insert a steel pin in the horse’s injured leg, which caused further complications. The horse’s co-owner announced the death earlier this morning.

ESPN features a quote from the horse’s co-owner: “We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,” co-owner Roy Jackson said. “It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time.”

I understand the care and concern for this horse, who was supposed to easily win the Triple Crown in 2006, and won the Kentucky Derby in grand fashion.

But you also have to weigh the fact that the stud rights for Barbaro were worth multi-millions, and any other horse would have been put down on site with that traumatic of an injury.   

It’s sad to see so many people wrapped up passionately in this horse’s rehab. I know they believe all the rehab and surgery was best for the animal, but more likely, it was best for the wallets of the owners who invested millions in the champion and stood to gain millions more.

And it’s sad to see it be that way. But that’s the horse-racing business.

Here’s the clip of his dominating Derby win, in a tribute video:

Here’s the YouTube clip of Barbaro’s injury at the Preakness:

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