Barbaro - 2006 Kentucky Derby Winner

Breeding: 2003 Bay Colt by Dynaformer - La Ville Rouge by Carson City

Owned by Lael Stable (Roy & Gretchen Jackson) Trained by Michael Matz, Jockey Edgar Prado

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Barbaro 4-29-2003 - 1-29-2007. Rest in peace champ.
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Barbaro Pedigree and Race Record    
Pedigree: Dynaformer - La Ville Rouge by Carson City Barbaro Painting  
Owner: Lael Stables (Roy & Gretchen Jackson)  
Trainer: Michael Matz  
Barbaro means "Barbarian" in Portuguese  
May 06 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) 1st  See Video  
Apr 01 2006 Florida Derby (G1) 1st  
Feb 04 2006
Holy Bull (G3) 1st  
Jan 01 2006
Tropical Park Derby (G3) 1st  
Nov 19 2005
Laurel Futurity 1st  
Oct 04 2005
Mdn - Deleware Park 1st  
Barbaro's Career Earnings: $2,302,200  
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Barbaro news and updates timeline.
Apr. 19, 2007 La Ville Rouge, the dam of Barbaro, foaled a full brother to the late Classic-winning colt April 19. According to a release from Dr. John and Alice Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, where the mare is kept, La Ville Rouge produced the bay son of Dynaformer at 2:08 a.m. Both mare and foal are healthy and doing well, according to the farm. The colt was bred by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who also bred and owned Barbaro.
Feb 13, 2007 A $3 million gift from Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of Barbaro, will endow a chair in the name of Dr. Dean Richardson at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. The endowed chair is the cornerstone of a major new Penn Vet initiative to fight laminitis, which afflicted Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. The laminitis initiative will foster training programs and studies for new treatments of equine diseases.
Jan 29, 2007 Barbaro euthanized."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." Roy and Gretchen Jackson were with Barbaro on Monday morning, with the owners making the decision in consultation with chief surgeon Dean Richardson. "I just can't explain why everyone is so caught up in this horse," Roy Jackson, who owned the colt with his wife, Gretchen, has said time and again. "Everything is so negative now in the world, people love animals and I think they just happen to latch onto him." Barbaro's biggest gift has been the $1.2 million raised since early June for the Barbaro Fund. The money is put toward needed equipment such as an operating room table, and a raft and sling for the same pool recovery Barbaro used after his surgeries.
Jan 27, 2007 Barbaro has sustained a deep subsolar abscess in his right hind foot, forcing doctors to try a risky procedure to reduce pressure from bearing weight on that foot. This was the latest setback on the same leg he shattered during the running of the Preakness Stakes. "He's got a lot of issues, and not any of them is bad enough to say goodbye. But put together it's not a good day for Barbaro," Jackson said in a story posted on the paper's Web site.
Jan 13, 2007 Barbaro had another section of his laminitis-stricken left hind hoof removed Saturday, and a cast was placed back on his right hind leg for additional support."The left hind deep digital flexor tendon was cut to help decrease the pull on the coffin bone by that tendon," Richardson said in an update issued by the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
Jan 10, 2007 According to a statement from New Bolton released Wednesday, Jan. 10, Barbaro "became acutely more uncomfortable on his left hind foot. The foot cast was removed and some new separation of the medial (inside) portion of his hoof was found. This required some additional debridement (removal of the damaged tissue) last night." The setback comes one week after a new cast was put in place on the left hind foot. He is being treated much more aggressively at this time for his discomfort," the New Bolton statement said. "He is continuing to eat well and is otherwise stable."
Dec 21, 2006 The Maryland Jockey Club has changed the name of the Sir Barton Stakes to the Barbaro Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is one of eight added money races on the Preakness undercard. "We thought it was the right thing to do," said Lou Raffetto, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club. "Barbaro has become the most popular racehorse in the country because of his courageous battle to overcome such a severe injury. This change will allow the next generation of race fans to reflect upon this magnificent and beloved champion during Preakness day at Pimlico."
Dec, 19 2006 Though Barbaro's health is still at risk and he's still showing signs of his near-fatal injury, doctors say the famous racehorse may soon be leaving intensive care."There's a possibility we'd try to get him out of the hospital where he'd be able to be walked on softer footing, because at this point his medical care is relatively modest," Richardson said. It's been nearly 7 months since his injury in the Preakness - However, fans never lost hope, sending tens of thousands of get-well cards and even Christmas ornaments, proving that America loves rooting for an underdog. " The story has become one not of athletic greatness, but one of the greatness of character," said Laura Hillenbrand, author of "Seabiscuit."

Nov, 29 2006 "Barbaro is steadily gaining strength on his right hind limb now that it is out of the cast," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center. "He is only wearing a very light cotton bandage on that leg and both walks and stands well on it." Barbaro's left hind foot, which had laminitis, also continues to improve. "The left hind foot is improving gradually and has a long way to go although his comfort on that foot remains surprisingly good," said Dr. Richardson. "Barbaro's attitude and appetite remain excellent, and he still takes short walks outside to graze each day if the weather permits."

Nov, 6 2006 Barbaro's cast was removed today. "Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia for the cast removal," said Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery. "In addition, his foot was trimmed and a new shoe was glued on. A padded bandage with plastic and fiberglass splints was placed on his lower limb for support." Barbaro's left hind foot, which had laminitis, was also fully evaluated while he was under anesthesia. "There are no signs of new problems with that foot, but the hoof needs several more months of growth before we will know how much foot structure and function will be recovered," said Richardson.

Nov, 2 2006 Dr. Richardson said, "We took x-rays of his right hind leg today and we're probably going to be removing his cast permanently next week.  Every day that goes by is good and it gets better as he continues to do well, but he still does not have a normal left hind foot, and he needs a normal left hind foot before he can live a normal life as a horse.  He's better, but he has a long way to go."
Oct, 9 2006 Barbaro's cast was changed on Monday the 9th. "We placed Barbaro under general anesthesia to remove the old cast on his right hind limb and took new radiographs to assess the continued healing of the original injuries," said Dr. Dean Richardson. "I was pleased with the continued progression of healing and the overall condition of this leg." Barbaro's left hind foot, which had laminitis, continues to gradually improve. "There is good growth along the quarters [closer to the heel] but there will need to be much more healing along the front of the hoof," said Richardson, who cautioned that "we still have many months of healing ahead of us."

Sep, 29 2006 Barbaro continues to improve... Dr. Richardson recently said "He's very bright and happy when you bring him out. He tries to drag you around usually, he's doing everything right. But there's still a long way to go." So far, the hoof has grown about 18 millimeters in the heel area, but "he's got to have three times that, at least," says Richardson. As the hoof grows back, the foot still remains vulnerable to another bout of laminitis or to infection.
Sep, 10 2006 Gretchen Jackson, who owns Barbaro with her husband Roy, when asked about Barbaro's condition said: "You're naturally guarded. But for a not medically-educated person such as me, in the last month since his crisis with laminitis, he seems to have gone so much in the right direction. He seems to use all four legs better to equal his weight, to spread his weight amongst four legs, to stand more. And he has never ceased from eating up a storm. Arms and legs included. He would like to grab your arm or leg or hand. He just is doing it all remarkably well. He's just phenomenal.
Aug, 28 2006 After the latest examination of Barbaro's injured leg Dr. Richardson said; "Based on new radiographs that were taken, the leg looked excellent under the cast, said Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center. "The pastern joint looks completely fused, and there is only a small area in the long pastern bone that has a little farther to go before we take him out of the cast completely."
Aug, 22 2006 "Barbaro's appetite and his attitude right now are phenomenal; he attacks his feed and when he goes out to graze, he acts like he thinks he could train," according to Dr. Richardson.  He also added that "He needs to continue to improve over the next few months before we will have a better idea about his long term comfort."
Aug, 16 2006 Emphasising that Barbaro is not saved yet, Dr. Richardson did say "I think his chances of making it are better than I thought six weeks ago. The quality of healing of his laminitis foot at this time is good, and I am increasingly optimistic that he may grow a good enough hoof to become comfortable in the long-term." In the event of Barbaro making an optimum recovery, Richardson made a bold remark in saying, "I still believe there is a chance to save him to be a comfortable breeding stallion, capable of naturally covering mares...if he fully recovers, he will be able to do more than walk."
Aug. 14, 2006 After almost three months in the Intensive Care Unit of Penn's George D. Widener Hospital, classic winner Barbaro has begun brief outings to some grassy areas adjacent to the ICU to hand graze.  Dr. Richardson said "His appetite remains strong, he sleeps well, and we continue to monitor him closely. He is measurably gaining weight and his overall attitude is great."
Aug. 12, 2006 The Jacksons said they are pleased with how Barbaro has kept the fighting spirit and appears to be turning a corner. He is no longer on continual IV drips, and the epidural is out.
Aug. 9, 2006 Dr. Dean Richardson changes the cast on Barbaro's injured leg and reports that it looks "Good"
Aug. 3, 2006 Barbaro's cast should be removed by now, but the laminitis prevents this from happening.
July 28, 2006 Barbaro remains comfortable and stable.
July 14, 2006 Barbaro's laminitis is being treated aggressively with pain medication.   Jockey Edgar Prado visits, Barbaro falls asleep with his head on Prado's shoulder.
July 13, 2006 Dr. Richardson discloses that Barbaro has laminitis, a painful and often fatal disease; vets remove 80 percent of left hind hoof to treat the condition; chances of survival termed "poor" by Richardson.
July 10, 2006 Barbaro's cast replaced again, this time with a shorter one. Dr. Richardson believes there will be "some tough days ahead."
July 8, 2006 Barbaro develops "potentially serious" complications to injured leg; undergoes surgery to treat new infection in leg; Cast replaced, this time with a longer one that provides additional support; doctors replace plate and many of the screws.
July 3, 2006 Barbaro's cast replaced; two bent screws are replaced and three new ones are added across the pastern joint.
June 18, 2006 A month after Barbaro's Preakness injury his recovery is going smoothly. "He's a lively, bright, happy horse. If you asked me a month ago, I would have gladly accepted where we are today," Dr. Richardson said.
June 13, 2006 Dr. Richardson reports that "his leg looks excellent.", as Barbaro is placed under general anesthesia to have his cast changed for first time
June 10, 2006 Jazil wins the Belmont in what would have been the final race in Barbaro's Triple Crown.
May 21, 2006 Barbaro undergoes over five hours of surgery at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. A ttitanium plate and 27 screws were inserted in his broken leg. Dr. Dean Richardson calls chance of survival a "coin toss."
May 20, 2006 Barbaro breaks down within the first furlong of the Preakness.  Jockey Edgar Prado manages to pull him up before more damage can be done.  He is vanned off the track and rushed to the New Bolton Equine center where it is reported that he has shattered three bones in his right hind leg.  The Preakness is won by Bernardini, but all thoughts and prayers are with Barbaro.
May 6, 2006 Barbaro dominates a very strong Kentucky Derby field.  He wins the race by 6 1/2 lenghts in a performance that has many calling him a near certainty to win the Triple Crown.
April 1, 2006 In his final Kentucky Derby prep race, Barbaro wins the Florida Derby, validating Michael Matz's training program and silencing all doubters of his ability to run off of a layoff.
Feb. 4, 2006 Barbaro wins the Holy Bull stakes, his first win racing on the dirt.
Jan. 1, 2006 Barbaro wins the Tropical Park Derby, his first graded stakes win.
Oct. 4, 2005 Barbaro wins his maiden debut, on the turf at Deleware Park.

Apr. 29, 2003



Barbaro is born at Springmint farm in Nicholasville, KY. He was foaled and raised by Bill Sanborn, who was leasing the 257-acre Springmint Farm in Jessmine County, KY.  "We were just ecstatic that he won the Derby," said Sanborn. "The Jacksons are quality people, first class people. We couldn't be happier for them." Although he believes Derby winners can't be predicted, Sanborn said Barbaro was a special colt. " He was a real big strong horse," he said. "We just saw that he was a nice, big strong horse that seemed to have a good mind." home page Barbaro Secretariat Smarty Jones Ruffian Kentucky Derby Winners All the Horse Hats All Time Great Horses Current Runners Stallions Horse Farms Handicapping Horse Books Horse Posters Horse Racing Club Horse Picks Racing Resources Horse Belts Equine Art Racing Resources