(edited press release)
"Barbaro,” a compelling documentary exploring the triumph and tragedy of the Thoroughbred who captured the public’s imagination last year after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will premiere on HBO on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 p.m. (EST).
Tracing Barbaro’s significant accomplishments and harrowing setbacks, the documentary revisits his shattering leg injury at the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and subsequent medical treatments, as well as the resolute character of his eternally optimistic owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and trainer Michael Matz.
“The story of Barbaro is extraordinarily dramatic,” said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports. “The film looks at this engaging animal’s will to survive and the deep love affair that many of us have with horses.”
The film is produced by the same production team that will be receiving a George F. Peabody Award June 4 for their work on the 2006 HBO presentation “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer.”
With the cooperation of Roy and Gretchen Jackson, “Barbaro” explores the many facets of the story, including the exceptional compassion displayed by trainer Michael Matz, whose selfless behavior was previously witnessed during the 1989 plane crash of United Flight 232 in Iowa.
The documentary uses archival footage and revealing interviews with owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson to chronicle Barbaro’s story. Additional interviewees include trainer Michael Matz and assistant trainer Peter Brette, jockey Edgar Prado, Dr. Dean Richardson, journalists William Nack, Dick Jerardi and Andrew Beyer, and the emergency medical team at Pimlico Race Course.