Word spread late this morning that Barbaro was euthanized.
The end has come for the 4-year old colt that won the hearts of millions last year after his accident at Pimlico in the Preakness, two weeks after having won the Kentucky Derby.
He broke three bones in his right hind leg and the endured complications in July with laminitis. He was delicately treated and until he had some setbacks in the past few days, appeared to be on the road to recovery.
Barbaro ran but six races in his career that began on turf.
What is it with horses that encapsulate the sports fan as their hero?
There is an easy answer to that.
You won’t find any horse squabbling with their head coach, throwing tantrums on the field of play or the sidelines. You won’t find a horse berating officials. You won’t find a horse holding out of his/her contract for more money. Those are just a few answers.
We fall in love with horses on the worldwide stage as one does with their own horse in his/her own stall on the farm.
Like Seattle Slew, Secretariat and all the other horses that have graced the horse racing scene, Barbaro is, and will be the latest, and greatest, hero.