Jackson on 'Larry King Live': Barbaro's Final Resting Place Still Undecided

Jackson on 'Larry King Live': Barbaro's Final Resting Place Still Undecided
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Roy Jackson, left, and Gretchen Jackson, right, listen as Dr. Dean Richardson speaks during a press conference Monday. All three appeared on "Larry King Live" Tuesday night.

During a Jan. 30 appearance on "Larry King Live," owner Roy Jackson said a decision has not been reached concerning Barbaro's burial.

"We just wanted to give some thought as to where the most appropriate place would be," he said. "We didn't want to make a decision on the spur of the moment. We are in the process of trying to work that out."

He and his wife, Gretchen, as well as Dr. Dean Richardson appeared on the CNN program the day after the Dynaformercolt was euthanized. The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, where he had spent the past eight months after shattering his right hind leg in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Roy Jackson also said that Barbaro's dam, La Ville Rouge, is back in foal to Dynaformer and believed to be carrying a colt. Her future foal, as well as her yearling Dynaformer colt, will most likely be named for foxhounds in a family painting, as was Barbaro. 

When asked if any DNA had been saved to clone Barbaro, Gretchen Jackson answered with an emphatic "no."

Richardson answered questions about the treatment Barbaro received while under his care and the decision behind euthanizing the 4-year-old colt.

"It was a complex series of things that went wrong," he said. "At some point it becomes like a deck of cards; if one card falls then a number of other bad things can happen."

Later in the show, Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna, PETA representative Lisa Lange, and actress and horse enthusiast Bo Derek debated about whether horse racing is cruel and the existence of horse slaughter in America.

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