Barbaro documentary by HBO Sports to air in June

20 03 2007

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HBO Sports has begun production on a documentary that explores the triumph and tragedy of Barbaro. It will air June 6, three days before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.

Tracing the colt’s significant accomplishments and setbacks, Barbaro, a “Sports of the 20th Century” documentary, will chronicle his medical treatment after the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as well as the resolute character of his eternally optimistic owners and trainer.

“The story of Barbaro is extraordinarily dramatic,” HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said. “We will tell the complete story of his remarkable life journey. One year ago, he emerged at Churchill Downs as the best 3-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.”

With the cooperation of Barbaro’s owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Barbaro explores the many facets of the story, including the exceptional compassion displayed by trainer Michael Matz and the uncommon trust between Matz and the Jacksons.

Barbaro captures his spectacular victory and promising future; the heartbreaking events two weeks later at Pimlico Race Course; and the challenging medical procedures used to try and save the horse’s life.

Despite the odds, the Jacksons remained dedicated and never relinquished hope, with the medical expertise of Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, at the New Bolton Center enabling Barbaro to survive in the wake of his accident. On Jan. 29, Barbaro’s valiant struggle came to an end when he was euthanatized.

The executive producers of Barbaro are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; the producer is Margaret Grossi; and the story editor is Mary Carillo. It was written by Frank Deford, with original music composed by Brian Keane.

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6 responses

26 04 2007
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1 07 2007
Camille Jones

We would like the address of Barbaro’s owners. Our 5 yr. old daughter made a card for them after seeing the documentary. Sincerely, Camille Jones

17 07 2007
Frank Valenza

I am so proud of living in West Chester,PA for many years knowing that most of the folks involved with Barbaro are from that area. What a class act from the Jackson’s to the trainers to the jockey to all at New Bolton Center.If this story doesn’t move you then check to see if you still have a heart.

31 07 2007

This was a fantastic show however sad. Barbaro was America’s horse.

1 11 2007

I saw the documentary and it was amazing. I was crying the whole time. There was this one part when Barbaro won one of the races and when it was time for him to slow down, he wouldn’t stop, he just kept on running.

4 06 2008
Lucille Morris

My husband and I watched the documentary and we both cried. We were at the Derby when he won. I can’t imagine what the owners went through while trying to save his life.

We would like to know if the documentary will be for sale. We have a photo of Barbaro from the Derby and would like to purchase the story of his great adventure and sad ending.

Please let us know if it can be purchased.

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