Pennsylvania Senate Honors Barbaro and His Connections

The connections of Barbaro, the deceased winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby, were honored Feb. 5 in a resolution adopted by the Pennsylvania state Senate.

The resolution, introduced by four senators, recapitulated the horse’s career and the efforts of Pennsylvania owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson and the veterinary team at New Bolton Center headed by chief of surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, to keep the classic winner alive.

A son of Dynaformer who also won the Florida Derby in addition to three other stakes for trainer Michael Matz, Barbaro was euthanized Jan. 29 as a result of injuries he sustained in last year’s Preakness Stakes and a subsequent bout of laminitis.

The resolution read, in part: “Whereas, Barbaro’s achievements highlight the grace and beauty of the horse breeding industry and its importance to this Commonwealth and our agriculture heritage; therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Senate commend Roy and Gretchen Jackson and Michael Matz for their extraordinary commitment to Barbaro and the Thoroughbred industry; and be it further RESOLVED that the Senate commend the New Bolton Center for its outstanding care and treatment of Barbaro…”

About the Author

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Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine. A Lexington native, Mitchell joined The Blood-Horse after serving in editorial capacities with The Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred Times, specializing in business and auction aspects of the industry, and was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Horsemen’s Journal. As online managing editor, Mitchell works closely with The Blood-Horse news editor and other departments to make sure the website content is the most thorough and accurate source for all Thoroughbred news, results, videos, and data.

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