NEWSDAY: Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, whose valiant battle for survival after shattering his right-hind leg in the early stages of the May 20 Preakness brought international attention unprecedented emotional support, was euthanized early today at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, where he had been hospitalized for more than eight months.
DAILY NEWS: After winning the Kentucky Derby by the largest margin in 60 years, that elusive Triple Crown seemed there for Barbaro’s taking. Then, 2 weeks later, barely 200 yards into the Preakness at Pimlico, it was over, as the colt’s right hind leg was left dangling, a harsh reminder that, in racing, nothing, not even a safe trip around the track, is guaranteed.
INQUIRER: “We knew we had to put him down,” [owner] Gretchen Jackson said today. “It was too much, and the guy didn’t need to go through anymore.” Both Roy and Gretchen Jackson were with Barbaro when he was euthanized by injection in his stall around 10:30 this morning, Gretchen Jackson said.