Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was catastrophically injured in the 2006 Preakness, two-time European champion George Washington had to be euthanized after breaking a leg in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic, and second-place finisher Eight Belles had to be euthanized after the filly shattered both her front ankles in this year's Derby.
"He was keen to go early on," Desormeaux said. "He broke so hard. I got him out early and just cantered down the backside. A couple of times he thought it was time to go and jumped into the bridle. But [when asked] I had no horse, and when I realized something was wrong, I knew he wouldn't be fifth.