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Barbaro to be buried at Churchill Downs

Jan. 29, 2008 at 12:18 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The remains of Barbaro, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby but then had a leg injury that eventually claimed his life, will be buried at Churchill Downs.

Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who owned Barbaro, marked the first anniversary of the horse's death with an announcement Tuesday that Barbaro's ashes would be buried outside Churchill Downs' Gate One. A statue of Barbaro is to be erected at the site.

Barbaro won the 2006 Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths but suffered a crippling injury to his right leg. The horse underwent surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's Bolton Center but never fully recovered. Barbaro was euthanized after he developed laminitis.

Barbaro is the fifth Kentucky Derby winner to be buried at Churchill Downs. Brokers Tip (who won the race in 1933), Carry Back (1961), Sunny's Halo (1983) and Swaps (1955) are buried at the historic racetrack.

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