The Kentucky Derby: An American icon

A statue of Barbaro takes pride of place at Churchill Downs. The bay colt captured the hearts of the American public when he won the Kentucky Derby by seven lengths in 2006 -- but then dramatically broke down in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. <i>Words and pictures by CNN's Paul Devitt.</i>

A statue of Barbaro takes pride of place at Churchill Downs. The bay colt captured the hearts of the American public when he won the Kentucky Derby by seven lengths in 2006 -- but then dramatically broke down in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. Words and pictures by CNN's Paul Devitt.