Monday, January 29, 2007

Barbaro Euthanized

Just yesterday afternoon, I was listening to an NPR report about the treatment for Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner who broke his leg at last year's Preakness. The piece, a talk-back with reporter Allison Keyes, had a hopeful tone. Apparently, the situation was grimmer than she knew.

This morning, Barbaro was euthanized.

The 4-year-old colt had been in increasing discomfort following desperate attempts to heal his damaged hind hoofs, according to his surgeon, Dean Richardson. The colt, owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson of nearby West Grove, Pa., succumbed after a long uphill battle to save his life in the aftermath of his breakdown last May 20 in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain," 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."