On Sunday, NBC Sports will debut “Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse,” a special one-hour documentary look at the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, who touched the hearts of horse racing fans and animal lovers around the world last year with his fight for life before finally succumbing to injuries suffered at the Preakness Stakes.

“Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse” looks back at the Thoroughbred’s impressive six and a half length win at the Derby, his dramatic injury and his amazing will to live that captured the imagination of the public.

The program will air at 5:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday, the day that would have marked Barbaro’s fourth birthday.

“Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse” includes new footage of Barbaro’s baby brother, who was born just last week. The as-yet unnamed foal shares both parents with the late Derby champion.

“Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse,” includes interviews with Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Barbaro’s owners; Michael Matz, his trainer; Edgar Prado, the jockey who rode Barbaro during both his winning turn at the Kentucky Derby and at the Preakness; Dr. Dean Richardson, the head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center; and Peter Brette, Matz’s assistant trainer who worked most closely with Barbaro.

DVDs of “Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse” will be sold on NBCSports.com, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Barbaro Fund and the Laminitis Fund at the New Bolton Center. The Barbaro Fund supports ongoing patient care and expansion of the George D. Widener Large Animal Hospital, Penn Veterinary Medicine’s world-renowned clinical, research and teaching hospital. The Laminitis Fund is specifically geared towards researching the incurable hoof disease that ultimately took the life of both Barbaro and the great Secretariat.

(News courtesy of NTRA)

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