Barbaro Documentary Will Air on NBC After Derby

"Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" has finally found a home. NBC Sports has announced that the one-hour documentary focusing on the life of last year's Kentucky Derby winner will air on the NBC network Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. ET. That will be 90 minutes after the completion of the network's coverage of this year's Run for the Roses.

The documentary was originally scheduled to air on NBC at 5 p.m. April 29, but was pre-empted when a Stanley Cup playoff hockey game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres went into double overtime, and didn't finish until 6:15 p.m. The network then announced the Barbaro program would air on CNBC Friday, March 4, but changed gears again to give the program a network premiere showing Saturday on the NBC network.

The documentary follows Barbaro's story from a young horse up through his struggle for life after suffering a broken leg in last year's Preakness Stakes. Barbaro was euthanatized Jan. 29 due to complications from laminitis. 

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Lenny Shulman

Lenny Shulman is features editor of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of Ride of Their Lives.

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