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4/26--Barbaro Statute @ Churchill Downs    Barbaro and Family

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Guest

From: Guest

1/29/09

http://news.bloodhorse.com/article/48998.htm?id=48998

Barbaro Memorial Unveiling Set for April
Posted: January 29, 2009
Last Updated: January 29, 2009

[photo] [someone who can, pls go to link and copy the photo and put in the next post]

A clay model of the Barbaro statue that is being created for permanent display at Churchill Downs.
Photo: Reed Palmer

(Edited press release)

The public unveiling of a bronze statue to celebrate the life of 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro will take place at Churchill Downs April 26. The announcement came on the second anniversary of Barbaro’s passing on Jan. 29, 2007.

“Churchill Downs will provide additional details about the public unveiling as they become available, but we wanted to make certain that Barbaro’s worldwide legion of fans were made aware of the ceremony’s date,” said Churchill Downs’ general manager Jim Gates. “Churchill Downs is proud to have been chosen as Barbaro’s final resting place and this outstanding memorial is certain to become a popular year-round gathering place for horse lovers throughout the world.”

The statue will become the focal point of Barbaro’s official memorial and burial site. It will be placed outside Churchill Downs’ Gate 1 and near the entrance to the Kentucky Derby Museum along with Barbaro’s ashes, which will be interred beneath the bronze. Currently, a bronze marker, featuring Barbaro’s likeness, marks the location of the future memorial site beneath a large magnolia tree.

“Gretchen and I are very much looking forward to the public ceremony this April,” said Roy Jackson, who bred, raised, and raced Barbaro with his wife, Gretchen. “We’re absolutely thrilled that Barbaro will be honored at Churchill Downs with a magnificent statue at the site of his greatest race.”

Production of the bronze statue is nearing its final stages with equine sculptor Alexa King. Her design will showcase Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado in mid-flight between strides nearing the finish line in the 2006 Derby. The statue will be attached to a horizontal bronze rail that will support the 1,500-pound artwork, creating the impression that Barbaro and his rider are suspended in air. It is the first time that an equine statue of this size and scope has been presented in this manner, with all four of the horse’s feet off the ground.

Copyright © 2009 The Blood-Horse, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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pepsmom1

From: pepsmom1

1/29/09

Thanks, CJ! I'm surprised it's not going to be Apr 29, but already had planned to be at Churchill on Sunday the 26th so this is just perfect!!

I will see you there, FOBs!

Sally in Indy

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barbaraem

From: barbaraem

1/29/09

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM SO THERE!!!  HURRAY AND YIPPIE!

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Guest

From: Guest

1/29/09

Will there be a place FOBs can all meet prior to and after the ceremony?
Is anything formally in the works, do you know?

Luv ya, Big B!!

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pepsmom1

From: pepsmom1

1/29/09

Hay FOBs:

As noted in my reply to CJ above, my annual spring Kentucky Horse Country mini-vacation has me in Louisville late the evening of Fri, Apr 24 (I'll be driving over from Keeneland in Lexington), and all day on both Sat & Sun, Apr 25 & 26. I spend all day Sat at the track (first day of Churchill's Spring Meet), and divide Sun between the track and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

I would love to try to get together, either as a group at the track on Sat (seating is open in the sections surrounding the Winner's Circle!), perhaps on Sat evening for dinner, and, of course, on Sun for the unveiling.

FOB Julia has been working diligently on Derby plans, and I'm sure will want to be involved in this, as will many other FOBs I've had the pleasure of meeting.

Chime in with your thoughts about what we should do as a group on this very special weekend!

Sally in Indy

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kimmypoto

From: kimmypoto

1/29/09

Thanks, CJ!  We'll be there!  I've already sent an e-mail to Sally (pepsmom) regarding joining the group for dinner, racing, etc.  Hope you'll be there, too!

Kim in Indy

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MJ42903

From: MJ42903

1/29/09

Ok, sign me up.  I have been waiting for this all day.  I am making my reservations today!
MJ42903

From: MJ42903

1/29/09

Sally,

I am in tears.  This is his day!

barbaraem

From: barbaraem

1/29/09

please keep me in the loop about what FOB's will be doing, etc.

how can i send you our e-mail address??

barbara and kevin

thank you!! 

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