Barbaro Updates: 194
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Update 1423: Here is the second glimpse of Barbaro from John Hennegan. This clip is actually is in the documentary "First Saturday in May": Michael introduces his son to Barbaro.
Update 1422: It is taking me a while to read through the discussion board (nearly 3,000 posts in the last 2 days), but I found this news report very heart warming regarding Barbaro's legacy already at work: Barbaro "Euthanized" ... and saves a horse
Update 1421: I just got off the phone with Gary Stevens, one of the best jockeys we have seen in the US for many years. I asked him a few questions.
Me: Your thoughts on Barbaro:
Gary: An outstanding racehorse who will be remembered more for his battle to survive and will to live than for his Kentucky Derby victory.
Me: Your thoughts on Barbaro's Kentucky Derby win:
Gary: It was the greatest Derby win I have seen, one of the largest margins of victory, and the ease with which he did it ...
Me: Your thoughts on Horse Slaughter in the US:
Gary: Its a travesty that they have been doing it all these years. Horses should not be slaughtered for human consumption.
Update 1420: Some of many articles recently published:
Barbaro's death: Equine beauty meets harsh reality
Barbaro's Surgeon Has Empty Feeling
A 'Bottomless' Heart
One Horse Dies
Richardson: 'Still Hard to Deal With' Barbaro's Death
Barbaro, The Heart In the Winner's Circle
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro euthanized
Update 1419: Sue McMullen just sent this e-mail from the UK:
It is testimony to Barbaro's position on the world stage that he made the mainstream 'heavyweight' newspapers in the UK, including The Times, The Guardian and The Independant, in addition to the Racing Post, our only dedicated racing paper and Horse and Hound, our main equine magazine. I'm certain there was other coverage that I have yet to see. There might be some follow-up stories, and I have been asked to do one of them.
News of his death didn't break here until it was too late to make certain 'print' deadlines, but the story was posted on the online versions. The first UK outlet to break the news was Turftrax, a racing website, and they had it first as, having visited here and seen the devastating news, I sat in shock and sent a text message to their editorial director saying simply 'he's gone. The fight is over. 10.30 am this morning'. I didn't have to say any more than that. He knew exactly who I was talking about and what it meant. At that point I couldn't phone.
Clive Brittain is one of the UK's leading, most highly respected and long serving Flat trainers and was one of the first to take horses to the US. It was his filly Pebbles who won the BC Turf at Aqueduct in 1985 and Bold Arrangement chased home the ill-fated Ferdinand in the 1986 Derby. He is a tremendous character and a great horse lover. Needless to say, he has been following the story and today he spoke warmly of Barbaro and his loss to the sport, and beyond:
"It is tragic to lose such a horse. There is no such thing as a bad Derby so the way he skipped away from the field showed he was something exceptional. He may well have become the horse of the century. He was truly a superstar and the way he coped for so long with his terrible injuries indicated the type of horse he was. It is really very, very sad. Let's hope all the good he generated continues."
Praise indeed from a man whose judgement you just have to respect.
On a personal note, I'm deeply sad that my first post here for 2007 is to address something that many of us refused to contemplate as we had begun to think him invincible. On Friday morning I visited hospital for a routine screening that although not painful I knew was going to be very uncomfortable. As I sat and waited, feeling some dread at the prospect, I looked down at my Barbaro bracelet (that Sharon kindly sent to me) and thought of all he had gone through, demonstrating his indomitable spirit and unfailing courage. I suddenly felt my fears were utterly pathetic and wondered how many others had faced much worse and drawn comfort from that colt's great spirit.
In common with so many people I have spent the past eight months with the same daily routine, logging on wherever I have been just to see he was doing ok. Sometimes I had no time to read more than 'Barbaro spent a comfortable night' and that was enough. I could go on with whatever it was I had to do. I feel bereft and still can't quite believe he's gone so how those close to him are feeling, I just can't imagine. I had a fantasy that when he was discharged from NBC, there would be a celebration party somewhere for as many fans as possible and I had resolved to attend. It seemed almost 'when' rather than 'if'.
I'm still wearing the bracelet. I can't take it off yet. We have lost a tremendous life force, a magnificent, imperious, galloping creature, a fighter on and off the track, who became such a focus for good. May this continue and become his legacy.
A "Fan of Barbaro", Elizabeth Laban, wrote this: Barbaro taught her about the love of sport.
Update 1418: Dr. Richardson interviewed on CBS, broadcast this morning, interview was yesterday: Veterarian remembers Barbaro.
Mike Jensen wrote this: Barbaro inspires idea for a museum which discusses some potential plans afoot for a Barbaro inspired museum. The article also notes Barbaro was cremated.
No doubt about it, it was COLD this morning at Fair Hill. Fortunately I only had four to ride. Hawty Creek out first, and she really trained well. She galloped about a mile and a half on the Tapeta carpet she felt great. Chesapeake City Slew went to the gate, Tim was with me on Quick Quest. We galloped out of the gate pretty alertly. Nice to see the gate crew at work today! We did discuss the Larry King Show last night. Nonpariel galloped around the track upsides Tim on Grandma. Finally I rode Flash, and at that point I was cold.
I saw Kathy Anderson as I was leaving. She had just returned from a conference in Mexico last night. We hugged, she (and I) was visibly upset. She said she was glad to be out of the country when the news broke. Kathy then asked me what we were planning to do with the site. Lets hope we are able to help support Barbaro's legacy.
It was great to see Dr. Richardson and the Jacksons last night on Larry King Live. Mrs. Jackson made a strong case for pushing the anti horse slaughter bills through, so I hope we can take that signal and follow up by calling our own congressman and senators.