When the gate bursts open to start the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, the horse charging out of the No. 6 post will be a handsome bay colt. Only this time, it won’t be Barbaro, even if it might seem that way. After all, images of last year’s race are still superimposed on the minds of many.
Barbaro’s owners, trainer and jockey will be back at Pimlico Race Course looking for closure following a year of highs, lows and, finally, heartbreak when the colt was euthanized Jan. 29. Barbaro was honored two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, where his brilliant 61/2-length victory was replayed on video. At Pimlico, it will be difficult for many to look at the wide strip of dirt in front of the grandstand without visualizing the breakdown.