Today was the public unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of Barbaro. The memorial is located just outside of Churchill Downs, near the entrance of the Kentucky Derby Museum.
To read about the unveiling, please visit: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/50427/churchill-downs-unveils-barbaro-statue
The unveiling is also shown at the end of the following video: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/watch/E38F8A49-31DA-4EBA-B8A0-03B4EBDD804B
The statue, which showcases Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado in mid-flight between strides nearing the finish line of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will become the focal point of Barbaro’s official memorial and burial site at Churchill Downs.
Barbaro’s ashes are interred beneath the bronze’s base. The statue is attached to a horizontal bronze rail that supports the 1,500-pound artwork and creates an impression that Barbaro and his rider are suspended in air. It is the first time that an equine statue of this size and scope has been presented in this manner, with all four of the horse’s feet off the ground.
I know many of you have been anticipating Barbaro’s memorial. Feel free to post comments and thoughts here.
Below are a few photos, all of which are courtesy of Reed Palmer and Churchill Downs.