Statue Of Barbaro Stirs Up Controversy

An artist in New York plans to unveil a controversial statue of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

The statue depicts the fallen horse on his back, after his deadly accident in the Preakness in 2006.

A New York art gallery plans to unveil the statue in April, to raise awareness for legislation urging mandatory disclosure of race-related horse injuries and fatalities.

Barbaro's co-owner, Gretchen Jackson, said the memorial doesn't bother her, but it's, "not the kind of thing you'd really want to see."

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 29, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    Rob and Anonymous, it is more than just a dead animal. It is the way we as a society have let moral boundaries erode as a whole. Maybe next time the artist will depict JFK lying in the floor of that limousine from Nov 22, 1963, now would'nt that be a hoot.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Jan 28, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    If no one would go to see the statue that would send a message that it is just not acceptable to portray the horse in that likeness.
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Jan 28, 2008 at 09:37 PM
    Who cares!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    wow, its a staue of a dead animal..... u ppl act like you knew the horse.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    r.i.p barbaro you bigest fan !!!!! i think they should put a statue of barbaro up because he was a hero and people should rember him and respect him because he was a true hero!!!and i miss him and he loved to race he was born to be a race horse!!!barbaro rocks!!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    As the old saying goes, "Stop beating a dead horse".
  • by Bubby Location: Georgetown on Jan 25, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    This is ridiculous!!!!! Let Barbaro rest in peace. This artist needs to be banned from ever drawing another picture.
  • by Sally Location: Indianapolis on Jan 25, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Anonymous, we're still talking about Barbaro because of his powerful legacy. In less than a year, nearly 2000 horses rescued; more than $850,000 raised for equine health & wellness (especially laminitis research); the third & final US slaughter plant closed and legislation that bans transport beyond US borders for slaughter advancing thru Congress; more tracks installing the safer sythetic racing surfaces; a movement to ensure retirement programs for thoroughbreds who race, and more... All in his honor & memory. As so many have stated, winning the Triple Crown - which he would have - would have been a big story, a worldwide story, but it would not have been as big nor had the impact that Barbaro's story and now his legacy has had. Anyone interested in helping with these initiatives is invited to join the FOBs - the Fans of Barbaro (so named by Barbaro's co-owner, Gretchen Jackson) at
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Jan 25, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    Sounds good! But next can we please get at least 1 cardboard box for every soldier we've lost to Iraq so far and take a picture of the boxes together? After all people care more about some racehorse owned by millionares than they do their neighbors kid whos being shot at in Iraq as they read this.
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