LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro would have turned nine-years-old on Sunday if it were not for an injury that ended his racing career, and ultimately his life.
There was a memorial at Churchill Downs on Sunday in front of Barbaro's statue to remember the thoroughbred's life and career.
Before the memorial service, there was a brunch and silent auction at Wagners Pharmacy and Restaurant.
The money raised from Sunday’s memorial will go to find a cure for Laminitis, which is the disease that ultimately caused Barbaro to be euthanized.
“It happens when a horse gets a bad leg and he can’t stand on it, so he puts weight on other legs, and that develops the illness,” said event organizer Bea Gobee. “It’s like cancer in humans and there’s no cure.”
Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby in 2006.
He was favored to win the Preakness Stakes as well but broke his leg during that race ending his career.
Barbaro eventually developed Laminitis and had to be put down in 2007.