The Maryland Jockey Club has changed the name of the Sir Barton Stakes, an annual event just before the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, to the Barbaro Stakes. The Sir Barton Stakes was named after the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 1919. But as every horse lover knows, Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, shattered his right hind leg during last year’s Preakness.
“We thought it was the right thing to do,” Maryland Jockey Club President Lou Raffetto says. “Barbaro has become the most popular racehorse in the country because of his courageous battle to overcome such a severe injury. This change will allow the next generation of race fans to reflect upon this magnificent and beloved champion during Preakness day at Pimlico.”