Ten years later, it remains the most haunting image in Preakness history — that titan of a horse tentatively jabbing his right hind leg at the dirt, realizing the shattered limb would not bear his weight.
Moments earlier, jockey Edgar Prado had pulled Barbaro up before he could really get started trying to win the second leg of a potential Triple Crown.
"An astonishing development!" announcer Tom Durkin boomed on NBC, as the broadcast cut to a shot of the Kentucky Derby champion jogging raggedly on three legs. The crowd of 128,643 fell into a nervous collective murmur, barely cheering when Bernardini won the race.
With a single misstep, Barbaro's career...