(LOUISVILLE) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated President and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Evans today released this statement, following news that Barbaro, winner of the 132nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs racetrack, was humanly euthanized after experiencing additional health complications.
"Churchill Downs Incorporated and the entire Kentucky Derby family are deeply saddened by the passing of Barbaro," said Evans. "Our hearts and prayers are with his owners, Gretchen and Roy Jackson; trainer Michael Matz and his staff, Dr. Dean Richardson and the incredible staff at the New Bolton Center; jockey Edgar Prado and his family; and all of the people around the country and the world who have been touched by this wonderful and courageous horse. Barbaro proved he was a remarkable horse last spring when he scored one of the most dominant victories in the 132-year history of the Kentucky Derby, but the courage he displayed in his fight for life since his injury on May 20 proved that he was more special that we could have possibly imagined on the first Saturday in May.
"We salute the Jacksons, Dr. Richardson and the entire staff at the New Bolton Center for the love, dedication and compassion they displayed in their long battle to nurse Barbaro back to health," Evans continued. "It is our hope that the incredible effort to save Barbaro's life, and the lessons learned and discoveries made during that work, will lead to greater understanding and new treatments for ailments such as laminitis and major injuries to the leg and foot. It is our fondest hope that in years to come many other horses will benefit from the work performed at the New Bolton Center during Barbaro's fight to recover. That would be a wonderful addition to the legacy of a brilliant horse that was at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, when the entire world was watching him on racing's biggest and brightest stage."