29 January 2008

barbaro's ashes to be interred at churchill downs

barbaro photo courtesy www.kentuckyderby.com/2006

AP Sports Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Barbaro will be buried at the site of his greatest triumph. The 2006 Kentucky Derby champion, who was euthanized Jan. 29, 2007 from complications of a breakdown suffered at the Preakness, will have his ashes interred at Churchill Downs.

Barbaro's remains will be placed outside of an entrance gate in a large elevated space enclosed by bricks. The site will also include a bronze statue commissioned by owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson and loaned to the track as part of the official memorial site. The track will install a bronze marker at the site soon. The track plans to unveil the statue and formally dedicate the site in 2009.

Gretchen Jackson said Churchill Downs was the best place to honor the colt, who won the Derby by a dominating 6- 1/2 lengths before being injured in the Preakness two weeks later.

"(The Derby) was for us the greatest race that Barbaro ran," she said. "When we think about Barbaro, we think about him running around the track out there. We'll always have that joyous memory." ~ link