Most people by now know the story of Barbaro -- the horse who dominated the field at the 2006 Kentucky Derby only to shatter his right hind leg just two weeks later in the Preakness. After successful surgery to repair the leg, he then embarked on a fight for survival that inspired thousands of people across the country.
Two months after the surgery, however, Barbaro developed the often fatal disease laminitis, and he did not survive -- he was euthanized on Janury 29, 2007.
For the first time since Barbaro's death, his owners, Gretchen and Roy Jackson, sat down for a live interview this morning with David Gregory on "Today." They were also joined by Dr. Dean Richardson, who treated Barbaro. WATCH VIDEO
Their appearance coincides with the NBC Sports production of a special one-hour documentary, "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," which will air on NBC on Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m. ET. WATCH TRAILER The 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby also airs on NBC on Saturday, May 5.
I think the most remarkable thing about Barbaro was how he captured the hearts of so many people who weren't previously horse racing fans. They were so touched by his spirit and his fight for survival that they sent thousands of "Get Well" cards and discussed his condition in emotional online communities.
Were you touched by Barbaro's story? How do you feel about him? Feel free to let us know!