Monday, January 29, 2007

Barbaro Euthanized

{Jockey Edgar Prado pats his horse Barbaro after winning the 132nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2006. Barbaro lost his battle for life when the Kentucky Derby winner was put down after a major setback in his eight-month long recovery from a broken leg.}

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his gruesome breakdown at last year's Preakness, ending an eight-month ordeal that prompted an outpouring of support across the country.

A series of ailments -- including laminitis in the left rear hoof, an abscess in the right rear hoof, as well as new laminitis in both front feet -- proved too much for the gallant colt. The horse was put down at 10:30 a.m.

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