Thursday, July 13, 2006

Equine tragedy could end badly

Derby winner Barbaro takes turn for worse

There's a reason they often just euthanize horses when they break a leg rather than try to save them: laminitis. And Barbaro's got it bad now.

It's a tremendous loss, because he was a brilliant racer and had the potential to share his gene pool with lots of baby Thoroughbreds. Not to mention that we actually had a potential Triple Crown winner for the first time in a bajillion years... his career-ending (and possible life-ending) injury in the Preakness was truly tragic. I was frankly surprised then when they didn't immediately euthanize him, because horses just don't respond well when they get injured. They're fragile beings. Beautiful, strong, but quite delicate.

I'm hoping for the best, but I have never thought this would end well. I hope they were able to collect at least some of his semen and freeze it; it would be a terrible shame to lose that DNA material forever.

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