Barbaro is Celebrated in KY this Weekend

Churchhill Downs is the site of the new statue of Barbaro and also the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs is the site of the new statue of Barbaro and the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The first weekend in May is always the Kentucky Derby. We will never forget the great Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and the tragic loss of him after he shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes. This last weekend in April will celebrate his life. Join in on the festivities with the Friends of Barbaro.

The Friends of Babaro* (FOB) are getting together on Friday April 25, 2009 to tour Old Friends and visit retired Thoroughbred Champions in Lexington, KY.

If you in Kentucky for Rolex and you are free Saturday evening the FOB’s will be getting together for dinner at the Buckhead Mountain Grill on the opposite side of the Ohio River overlooking Louisville, KY. All this activity is to celebrate the unveiling of Barbaro’s statue at Churchill Downs on April 26 at Churchill Downs. Read more about these events on the Alex Brown Racing site.

Equine sculptor Alexa King is overseeing production of the statue, which is nearing its final stages. The statue will feature Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado in mid-flight near the finish line of the 2006 Kentucky Derby. The  2009 spring meet at Churchill Down starts on April 25. The unveiling of the memorial will take place on April 26th before live racing begins. The 135th running of the Kentucky Derby will be held on May 2.

*The FOBs are a large group of people who came together through their common affinity for the late Kentucky Derby winner.  As a group, they are very active in horse rescue issues.
Alex Kemper has returned from Texas ready to attend her first Rolex event.
Alex Kemper has returned from Texas ready to attend her first Rolex event.

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