The Preakness

Just a sad story regarding Barbaro’s injury. Let’s wish him well and hope he recovers.

BALTIMORE, May 20 — The Preakness Stakes was supposed to be a walkover for Barbaro, the undefeated colt who looked every bit the superhorse when winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Since that first Saturday in May, he was being talked about as a potential Triple Crown champion.

Those hopes ended horrifically in the first sixteenth of a mile at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, when Barbaro sustained potentially life-threatening fractures above and below his right hind ankle. His jockey, Edgar Prado, felt the colt’s pain immediately; he slowed Barbaro gradually to a standstill in front of a clubhouse brimming with stunned onlookers.