Barbaro's Ashes to Rest at Churchill Downs

Horse's remains will be enshrined at site of his greatest victory
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 12:48 PM CST
Barbaro, jockey Edgar Prado up, wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this May 6, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.