Churchill Downs, the site of Barbaro’s greatest triumph, will also be his final resting place. The 2006 Kentucky Derby winner’s ashes will be occupy a space outside the racetrack gates, beside a bronze statue. “When we think about Barbaro, we think about him running around the track out there,” said the late horse’s co-owner. “We will always have that joyous memory.”
After his 6½-length Kentucky Derby victory, the colt broke his leg in the Preakness and never fully recovered. Well-wishers around the nation tracked his ups and down until he was euthanized 1 year ago today. “When he got injured, he really became America’s horse,” one of his owners said, explaining the need for a public tribute.