What they're saying

Death Of A Champion

January 30, 2007

Roy Jackson

Barbaro's co-owner

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain. It was the right decision. It was the right thing to do."

Peter Brette

Barbaro's exercise rider and assistant trainer

"We loved him. He was great. He did everything we ever asked of him. He could have been one of the best. What a fighter he was."

Gretchen Jackson

Barbaro's co-owner

"Certainly, grief is the price we all pay for love."

Jerry Bailey

Hall of Fame jockey

"Despite his victories and his (Kentucky) Derby performance, this horse will probably be better known for his courage after being injured, when he was never going to race again."

Mike Trombetta

Maryland trainer of Preakness runner-up Sweetnorthernsaint

"The same [risk] goes with any professional athlete. ... You can see a football player run down the field and, without anyone around him, get a hamstring injury or something else happen to him that turns out to be career-ending."

Larry Bramlage

Attending veterinarian at 2006 Preakness

"It's kind of like playing a chess game. Whenever you get confronted with something different, you have to make the right moves. You have to be impressed with the number of right moves Dr. [Dean] Richardson made. They got close, and if not for a little bad luck, they would have made it."

Dean Richardson

Barbaro's surgeon

"A lot of people will ask why we went through this. I can tell you that Barbaro had many, many good days."

King Leatherbury

Third-leading trainer of all time

"I heard that news and had tears in my eyes.""

Mary Eppler

Maryland trainer

"I have broken horses for the Jacksons, and they're such nice people. I know they would never want the horse to suffer."

Bill Ordine, Kent Baker and Associated Press

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