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Churchill Downs could be Barbaro's burial site

1/30/2007

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- Barbaro's final resting place could
be just a few hundred yards from the scene of his greatest triumph
in the Kentucky Derby.

Officials at the Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds
of Churchill Downs, said Tuesday they'd be "honored" if Barbaro
were buried in a garden along with four other Derby winners.

"We've expressed to them how honored we'd be to have Barbaro
here," Lynn Ashton, executive director of the museum, said. "We
feel like we're bringing horses back to be honored."

The grave sites of Derby winners Sunny's Halo (1983), Carry Back
(1961), Swaps (1955) and Brokers Tip (1933) are located outside on
the museum grounds.

Owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson said Monday a final decision on
where Barbaro would be buried had not been made. Other
possibilities include the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.,
and the Jacksons' Lael Farm, just a few miles away from the
University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

The Jacksons did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday
morning.

Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his
gruesome breakdown at last year's Preakness, ending an eight-month
ordeal that made him even more of a hero than he was as an
undefeated Derby winner.