When the thoroughbred, Barbaro, stepped onto the turf of Churchill Downs on May 6, 2006, he set in motion what would become a memorable accomplishment, a national story, and an ongoing legacy that will benefit horses everywhere forever.
Barbaro won the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby by 6½ lengths, the largest winning margin in 60 years. But two weeks later, during the Preakness Stakes, the 2nd Jewel of aTriple Crown that many believed was his destiny, Barbaro shattered several bones in his right rear leg.
He was treated at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, for over eight months. Thanks to the dedication of New Bolton’s staff and this amazing horse’s strong will to live, his shattered leg was healed. Yet just before he was expected to leave New Bolton, the silent killer, laminitis, a debilitating and painful disease of the hoof, stole success from Barbaro and from all of those who had grown to love him. Having developed severe laminitis in three of his four hooves, Barbaro was humanely euthanized at New Bolton on January 29, 2007.
Because of Barbaro and his story, The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine has established The Fund to Fight Laminitis. Building on the School’s renowned reputation for animal stem cell research and equine care, this fund is being used for cutting-edge research to develop preventative and therapeutic treatments for fighting this deadly disease.
This portrait of Barbaro has been licensed by Roy & Gretchen Jackson. Due to the license agreement with them I can only offer reproductions through my website www.laurajsmith.com
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Original is 8″×10″ graphite on Bristol Vellum
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