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Barbaro Documentary Will Air on NBC After Derby

"Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" has finally found a home. NBC Sports has announced that the one-hour documentary focusing on the life of last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner will air on the NBC network Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. ET. That will be 90 minutes after the completion of the network's coverage of this year's Run for the Roses.

The documentary was originally scheduled to air on NBC at 5 p.m. April 29, but was pre-empted when a Stanley Cup playoff hockey game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres went into double overtime, and didn't finish until 6:15 p.m. The network then announced the Barbaro program would air on CNBC Friday, March 4, but changed gears again to give the program a network premiere showing Saturday on the NBC network.

The documentary follows Barbaro's story from a young horse up through his struggle for life after suffering a broken leg in last year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Barbaro was euthanized Jan. 29 due to complications from laminitis. 

DVDs of "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" may be purchased at ExclusivelyEquine.com, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Barbaro Fund and the Laminitis Fund at the New Bolton Center. The Barbaro Fund was created when an anonymous donor made an extremely generous donation to the New Bolton Center; the Barbaro Fund supports ongoing patient care and expansion of the George D. Widener Large Animal Hospital, Penn Veterinary Medicine's world-renowned clinical, research and teaching hospital. The Laminitis Fund is specifically geared towards researching this incurable disease that took the life of both Barbaro and the great Secretariat.