Barbaro Stakes to Debut at Pimlico in May 2007

The Maryland Jockey Club has changed the name of the Sir Barton Stakes to the Barbaro Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is one of eight added money races on the Preakness (gr. I) undercard.

Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, is recovering from a shattered hind leg sustained during the middle jewel of the Triple Crown and he remains in intensive care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center. Owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the son of Dynaformer won the 2005 Laurel Futurity as a 2-year old. Based in Maryland at the Fair Hill Training Center, the Michael Matz-trainee won six races at five different tracks on the turf, over the slop, and on fast tracks.

"We thought it was the right thing to do," said Lou Raffetto, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club. "Barbaro has become the most popular racehorse in the country because of his courageous battle to overcome such a severe injury. This change will allow the next generation of race fans to reflect upon this magnificent and beloved champion during Preakness day at Pimlico."

The Sir Barton Stakes, named after the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 1919, debuted at Pimlico in 1993. Sarava was the most famous winner-using the race as a springboard to a victory in the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) three weeks later.

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