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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2011
To Michael Matz, Barbaro's legacy includes a recurring image. It is of the horse with all four feet off the ground. It is as if Barbaro is flying. It has been five years since Barbaro shattered a hind leg at the Preakness, beginning a poignant struggle to save the life of the runaway 2006 Kentucky Derby winner. He eventually suffered from laminitis and was euthanized the following January. At Churchill Downs, where the horse's ashes are buried, there is a bronze statue of Barbaro suspended by a rail so the horse is off the ground — just the way Matz sees him in full sprint in his mind's eye. But the trainer and others believe Barbaro's legacy is more extensive — and more complicated — than the 1,500-pound statue celebrating his breathtaking speed.
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Peter Schmuck | June 8, 2012
Once again, horse racing will have to wait for a new hero. The erstwhile Sport of Kings will not have its first Triple Crown since 1978. Not this year. The shocking news that I'll Have Anotherhad to be scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes is another huge blow to an industry desperately trying to become relevant for a new generation of sports fans. The fact that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had to withdraw just a day before making his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed added some drama to the disappointment.
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By SANDRA MCKEE | September 6, 2006
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week in his recovery process, according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. "Barbaro is wearing the new cast satisfactorily," said Richardson, who changed Barbaro's right hind leg cast last week. "We continue to monitor him closely, and depending on how he progresses, we may change it again within the next two weeks." Barbaro is recovering from the broken hind leg injury he suffered in the Preakness on May 20 and from laminitis in his left hind foot.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Michael Matz and his assistants are tired of the question - most trainers and riders are by this point in the week before the country's most talked-about horse race - and give mostly a perfunctory answer. "He's just a really nice horse," exercise rider Peter Brette said of Union Rags, one of the favorites to win the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. "He's a nice, classy horse. " He's also the most scrutinized colt in a field that has fascinated even longtime observers of the sport.
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By SANDRA MCKEE | September 13, 2006
While Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to improve, Dr. Dean Richardson said he will continue to be cautious in his predictions. The thoroughbred is taking a slow and steady course to recovery, Richardson said in a release from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., where Barbaro has been in the intensive care unit since breaking his right hind leg in the May 20 Preakness. "We are pleased with his progress," Richardson said. "He is wearing the cast on his right hind limb well; we continue to monitor it closely, and we expect to change the cast and radiograph the leg within the next seven to 10 days."
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By Kathleen Parker | February 2, 2007
He's a horse - one of our patients - but he's Barbaro, and he won the Derby ... and I need to make sure he makes it through the night. - Jamie DeFazio, Barbaro's nurse CAMDEN, S.C. --In a few days that saw Jane Fonda bashing President Bush and Sen. John Kerry ragging on America, it took a real stud to rivet our attention. Barbaro, the champion racehorse who captured America's heart, finally lost the fight and was euthanized. By the outpouring of condolences and attention, you'd have thought Dale Earnhardt had died.
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By SANDRA MCKEE | September 27, 2006
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's left hind foot continues to make steady progress, but he still has a long way to go, according to his surgeon, Dr. Dean Richardson at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, where Barbaro remains in stable condition. "The left hind hoof on Barbaro has grown about 18 millimeters in the heel area," said Richardson, describing the progress being made in the foot that lost 100 percent of its hoof wall when laminitis, a severe inflammation, developed from overuse six weeks after the Derby champion broke his leg in the May 20th Preakness.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | January 29, 2009
In what is likely to be the most closely watched maiden race in recent thoroughbred history, Nicanor - the full brother of Barbaro - will get his first start Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. The 3-year-old dark bay - who has the same sire, Dynaformer, and dam, La Ville Rouge, as the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner - is in the eighth race, a one-miler on dirt with a field of 12. The timing of Nicanor's debut coincides with two Barbaro milestones....
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By Sandra McKee | October 4, 2006
It has been another good week for Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, where he continues his recovery from the broken rear right leg he suffered May 20 in the Preakness and from the laminitis developed in his rear left foot. "He is doing very, very well," said Dr. Dean Richardson, Barbaro's surgeon. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be excellent." Richardson said the cast on Barbaro's right hind leg may be changed within the coming week, if needed.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | May 8, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If Barbaro didn't know he was something special early yesterday morning in the Churchill Downs barn area, well, that's all right. Everyone else did. Grazing his horse, Sweetnorthernsaint, at the other end of the stable from Barbaro, Michael Trombetta said Barbaro had been "absolutely fantastic" in routing 19 other high-class 3-year-olds in Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby. Preakness Pimlico Race Course, May 20, 6:14 p.m., chs. 11, 4 Early line So far, seven horses appear headed to the Preakness: Horse .....
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
Alex Brown knows just where he was in 1977, when he learned of Elvis' demise. And in 1997, when he heard that Princess Diana had died. And on Jan. 29, 2007 — five years ago Sunday — when he got the news that, after a game fight for life, a champion racehorse named Barbaro had passed away. "You never forget, when an icon goes. The enormity of the occasion is seared in your memory," said Brown, author of the book, Greatness & Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy . In hindsight, he said, perhaps no other thoroughbred so captured the country's heart as the undefeated 3-year-old who shattered his leg in 20 places during the 2006 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and spent the next seven months battling for survival at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2011
It's been five years since the spectacular turf superstar Barbaro shattered his right hind leg in the 2006 Preakness Stakes as horrified racegoers and the world looked on in disbelief. Alex Brown, an exercise rider, assistant trainer, author and New York Times correspondent for the racing column The Rail, has chronicled the all-too-brief life of the horse who most certainly would have thundered his way into Triple Crown and racing history. His recently published "Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy" is a 235-page, lavishly illustrated book.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2011
To Michael Matz, Barbaro's legacy includes a recurring image. It is of the horse with all four feet off the ground. It is as if Barbaro is flying. It has been five years since Barbaro shattered a hind leg at the Preakness, beginning a poignant struggle to save the life of the runaway 2006 Kentucky Derby winner. He eventually suffered from laminitis and was euthanized the following January. At Churchill Downs, where the horse's ashes are buried, there is a bronze statue of Barbaro suspended by a rail so the horse is off the ground — just the way Matz sees him in full sprint in his mind's eye. But the trainer and others believe Barbaro's legacy is more extensive — and more complicated — than the 1,500-pound statue celebrating his breathtaking speed.
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By Sports Digest | February 18, 2010
A full brother of ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro finished second in a race at Gulfstream Park in his second start of the year. Lentenor finished a half-length behind winner Doubles Partner in Wednesday's 1 1/8-mile race on the turf course at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track. The race drew a field of 11 3-year-olds. Like Barbaro, who broke down in the Preakness, the 3-year-old Lentenor is owned by Gretchen and Roy Jackson and trained by Michael Matz . Matz had said that a strong performance in Wednesday's race could put Lentenor in position to run next month in the Florida Derby, a Kentucky Derby prep.
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By Sports Digest | November 28, 2009
Lentenor, the 2-year-old full brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, will make his second career start in today's third race at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y. - From Sun staff and news services
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By From Sun staff and news services | February 1, 2009
Barbaro's brother finishes 10th in debut horse racing Nicanor's debut wasn't one to remember. Hurting himself on his first stride, the 3-year-old full brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro finished 10th of 12 horses in a one-mile maiden race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., yesterday, hardly an encouraging step toward what his connections hoped would be a journey into this year's Triple Crown races. Under jockey Edgar Prado, who was aboard ill-fated Barbaro three years ago, Nicanor made a move near the half-mile mark but never got close to the lead and eventually slowed to little more than a gallop, beaten by 25 lengths by 30-1 shot Warrior's Reward.
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By SANDRA MCKEE | August 4, 2006
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to show signs of improvement, according to yesterday's latest report from Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Richardson said Barbaro's left hind foot is showing evidence of regrowth. During surgery last month to treat laminitis, a painful inflamation, 80 percent of the hoof was removed. "The coronary band [the portion of the hoof that is responsible for continued downward growth of the hoof]
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | April 11, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- People are still bringing trainer Michael Matz photos of his late, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, asking him for autographs. Almost every day someone asks him about Barbaro's little brother, Nicanor, who is in Ocala, Fla., being broken and will return to Matz late this month for his 2-year-old season. And Matz said yesterday that he still reflects on the horse that won so many hearts. "There was never a doubt about Barbaro's ability to go the Derby distance of 1 1/4 miles," Matz said.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | January 29, 2009
In what is likely to be the most closely watched maiden race in recent thoroughbred history, Nicanor - the full brother of Barbaro - will get his first start Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. The 3-year-old dark bay - who has the same sire, Dynaformer, and dam, La Ville Rouge, as the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner - is in the eighth race, a one-miler on dirt with a field of 12. The timing of Nicanor's debut coincides with two Barbaro milestones....
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