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Barbaro documentary in production

March 22, 2007

Barbaro and Dr Dean Richardson.
Picture: University of Pennsylvania
A documentary on the life and death of racing champion Barbaro has gone into production.

The programme is scheduled to air in the United States on June 6 on an HBO channel.

The documentary will explore the Kentucky Derby winner's short but outstanding career, and explore his eight months of medical treatment after shattering a hind leg near the start of the Preakness Stakes.

"The story of Barbaro is extraordinarily dramatic," said HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg, in a press release announcing the project.

"We will tell the complete story of his remarkable life journey. One year ago, he emerged at Churchill Downs as the best three-year-old thoroughbred with a genuine chance at greatness. Fourteen days later, on May 20, all that changed when he suffered the devastating leg injury at the Preakness.

"The film explores this engaging animal's will to survive and the deep love affair that many of us have with horses," Greenburg said.

Barbaro underwent more than eight months of treatment at the New Bolton Center, under the care of veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson.

While the shattered bones healed, Barbaro was plagued by laminitis during his time at the Center. He was euthanized on January 29 after his laminitis worsened. Surgeon Richardson said at the time that Barbaro was literally left without a good leg to stand on.

It is understood that the owners of Babaro, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have given their blessing to the documentary.

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