Thought this great horse had a chance. Once Laminitis sets in though, things are not good. I have to say the fact that these owners have tried everything to save this colt is great. I worked at the race track for 6 years and was working for Tom Bohannan when Prairie Bayou suffered the same injury as Barbaro in the 93' Belmont, Mike Smith couldn't pull him up fast enough and the results were catastrophic. Back at the barn everyone from John Ed Anthony to the Vet from Springfield to the guy that rode him in the morning was there, it was emotional to say the least. There was no choice and he was put down. Just found out his mother Whiffling was also Euthanized last Dec due to old age. It's the sad part to the Racing business but these animals really are special. I miss working with them and always try to get a chance to visit a barn, even jumpers since they are all ex race horses. My hat is off to Roy and Gretchen Jackson. I just wish the result was a little different.
Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
I'm no expert, but I think they make the racing surfaces too hard. It promotes higher speeds at the expense of the horse's lives. They don't seem to break down as often on softer slower tracks. But I could be wrong. I used to love horse racing. Oaklawn used to be a soft and safe track, but not anymore.
I can't believe that people still wanted to breed Barbaro after his weakness was demonstrated. I personally think they should breed horses who don't break down. Survival of the fittest, not the most fragile.
They really are. Especially during a race--some people watch it for the spectacle or the betting--I watch it because where else do you see such tremendous natural power unleashed? But even a light canter exhibits grace. It's just beautiful.
And Doc Richardson and the entire equine staff at New Bolton. Like he said at a press conference, *everybody* was giving it their very best efforts. I was talking to a friend of mine who is studying equine medicine at DelVal and she told me that it has been absolutely gutwrenching for everyone there.
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1030 times:
Just read on CNN that Barbaro is doing better this morning. I hope this colt makes it. Wallace Matthews of Newsday wrote an article in which he questions why this horse is getting so much attention than a human. What an asshole. He needs to spend some time on the backstretch.