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Barbaro’s catastrophic Preakness Stakes injury, 2006

Posted on May 20, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Jockey Edgar Prado pulls up Barbaro after shortly after the start of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, May 20, 2006. Barbaro stumbled early, broke his right hind leg and was transported off the track by ambulance. The horse that captured hearts with his seven-length Kentucky Derby win two weeks earlier, left an unprecedented trail of tears after his catastrophic injury early in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Despite the efforts of an esteemed veterinarian, the unrestricted financial backing of the horse's owners and the outpouring of love from racing fans around the world, the injuries Barbaro suffered at ultimately led to his euthanization eight months later. His ashes are buried at Churchill Downs, the site of his biggest victory. A bronze statue of the horse stands atop his remains. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

Jockey Edgar Prado pulls up Barbaro after shortly after the start of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 20, 2006. Barbaro stumbled early, broke his right hind leg and was transported off the track by ambulance. The horse who captured hearts with his seven-length Kentucky Derby win two weeks earlier left an unprecedented trail of tears after his catastrophic injury early in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Despite the efforts of an esteemed veterinarian, the unrestricted financial backing of the horse’s owners and the outpouring of love from racing fans around the world, the injuries Barbaro suffered ultimately led to his euthanization eight months later. His ashes are buried at Churchill Downs, the site of his biggest victory. A bronze statue of the horse stands atop his remains. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

As the race continued, Jockey Edgar Prado steadied Barbaro shortly after the start of the Preakness Stakes May 20, 2006. "I really can't tell you what happened," Prado said. "I heard a noise about 100 yards into the race and pulled him right up." Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

As the race continued, Jockey Edgar Prado steadied Barbaro shortly after the start of the Preakness Stakes on May 20, 2006. “I really can’t tell you what happened,” Prado said. “I heard a noise about 100 yards into the race and pulled him right up.” Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

Help was on the way shortly after Barbaro broke down during the early stages of the Preakness Stakes-G1 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. on May 20, 2006.

Jockey Edgar Prado couldn’t watch as help arrived shortly after Barbaro broke down during the early stages of the Preakness Stakes on May 20, 2006. Photo by Matt Goins

Fans react to watching Barbaro struggle to load onto the ambulance after he broke his leg after the start of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, May 20, 2006. David Stephenson/Staff

Fans reacted while watching Barbaro struggle as he was loaded onto an ambulance after he broke his leg after the start of the Preakness Stakes on  May 20, 2006. David Stephenson/Staff

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