Barbaro Breaks Down; Bernardini Claims Preakness Barbaro, the odds-on favorite after his Kentucky Derby win, pulls up lame at the beginning of the Preakness stakes. Bernardini raced to a six-length victory in the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.
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Barbaro Breaks Down; Bernardini Claims Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro broke down at the start and broke the hearts of racing fans as Bernardini went on to win the $1 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

The horrifying scene occurred in the first few hundred yards after the field of nine horses broke from the starting gate.

Barbaro was in the middle of the pack when he suddenly dropped back under Edgar Prado. The colt was favoring his right rear leg.

Trainer Michael Matz bolted from his seat and ran onto the track where embraced Prado. The jockey went over to owner Gretchen Jackson and said, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."

She put an arm on his shoulder and said, "You did a great job."

Fans were crying in the grandstand as the horse was loaded into an ambulance and taken away, his injured leg in an inflatable cast.

"You never expect it," Jackson said as she walked back to the barn.