One week before this year's Run for the Roses, NBC Sports will present a one-hour documentary on Barbaro, who took last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in dramatic fashion. "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" will air Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m. ET.
A special trailer for the program premieres Friday, April 6, on NBCSports.com.
Barbaro captured the hearts of racing fans, animal lovers, and the masses with his stirring Derby win, subsequent breakdown in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and then his battle for life before succumbing to the broken leg and laminitis he suffered. The documentary focuses on Barbaro's will to live, and also examines his legacy and impact on the future of horse racing. It includes interviews with Barbaro's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson; his trainer Michael Matz; assistant trainer Peter Brette; and Dr. Dean Richardson, his surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
The show is produced by Emmy Award winner Rob Hyland, with Dick Ebersol serving as executive producer.
DVDs of "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" will be sold on ExclusivelyEquine.com, with portions of the proceeds benefiting the Barbaro Fund at the New Bolton Center. The fund was created to help in the future care of animals.