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Last Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007, 23:21 GMT
Kentucky Derby winner is put down
Barbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado
Barbaro's recovery from injury had caught the attention of many
The US horse Barbaro, who broke his leg in a race shortly after a stunning victory at the Kentucky Derby last May, has been put down.

The four-year-old colt shattered his right hind leg in the Preakness Stakes and underwent a series of operations.

But he suffered more complications to the injury over the weekend which needed further surgery.

"We reached a point where it would be difficult for him to go on without pain," said co-owner Roy Jackson.

"It was the right decision, 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."

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Barbaro won four of his five career starts and over $1m in prize money.

He first caught the public imagination by winning the Kentucky Derby by nearly seven lengths - the biggest margin in 60 years.

When he broke his leg two weeks later, more than $1m was raised for a fund in his honour and even Christmas songs were written about him.



SEE ALSO
Barbaro's future hangs in balance
22 May 06 |  Horse Racing
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