So Barry Bonds has just tied Babe Ruth's record for home runs. Long ago he established himself as the premier whiner and drug abuser in the National League. Which makes the loss of the heroic Barbaro at Saturday's Preakness all the more tragic. Barbaro was the real thing, a horse with heart, a horse who had bested the fastest quarter ever run by the fabled Secretariat, a horse with a genuine shot at the first Triple Crown in more than thirty years. For anyone who saw him pull up lame, and still try heroically to run on three legs, the effect was simply heartbreaking. Barbaro didn't whine, and he would have run until he fell if Prado had not pulled him up. And he was clean.
Writing of the Kentucky Derby, William Faulkner said, "Other beasts and their guardians merely supply man with food ... while what the horse supplies to man is something deep and profound in his emotional nature and need." Goodbye, Barbaro.