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State Senator Andy Dinniman expressed sadness upon learning that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized on Monday by veterinarians at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

“Just as we mourn the loss of our pets, we mourn the death of Barbaro,” Dinniman said. “Most of us never actually saw Barbaro, but he touched us through his wonderful victory in the Derby. And he touched us through his struggle to survive and regain his health after the tragic accident in the Preakness Stakes. It made us all realize just what an amazing horse Barbaro was.

“Over more than 8 months of his treatment, we celebrated when the news was good and were saddened when it was bad,” Dinniman said. “Barbaro’s story was a roller-coaster of emotions, and so it’s natural that the passing of this great animal upsets us deeply.”

Dinniman commended all those at the New Bolton Center involved in treating Barbaro.

“Barbaro’s veterinarians and everyone else at the New Bolton Center obviously put their hearts and souls into Barbaro’s recovery,” Dinniman said. “They did everything possible to nurse Barbaro back to health, it just wasn’t to be.

“Corinne R. Sweeney, New Bolton’s executive director, put it best,” Dinniman said. “She said, ‘I don’t think we’ve ever seen or imagined having a patient that the whole world cared about in such a unique way, and I don’t think we’ll ever see it again.’”