"And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the horse wrapped in a blanket and standing in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward Barbaro.' And that's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." Time to go back to the Barbaro message board!
"Dearest Barbaro... It's almost Christmas, the day of the 1st Miracle.....Many years later you are another Miracle. My prayers continue for you, your caregivers, & Mr & Mrs Jackson. — Mary Lou, 56; Lancaster, PA, USA"
It's finally happened: Barbaro as religious icon. Yikes. Apparently, over the past 2000 years, there were two miracles: the birth of Christ, and the recovery of a racehorse. Just head on over to the message board to see more of what we mean.
• Barbaro...I hope you are doing well and that you are going outside despite the cold. It is almost Christmas. Who thought you would have made it this far? You are our Christmas Miracle! xoxxox — alex, 33; Blue Bell, PA,
• Barbaro..You Are Amazing and Blessed...God has you in His hands..Please pray that we get this anti-horse slaughter bill passed. Barbaro, hope you and Mocha get to see each other...Heal and peace of mind...
• Barbaro -You represent our resonsibility to all of God's creatures. You have an amazing spirit. My heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. — Pat Brink, 61; Grand Rapids, MI, USA
• HI, BARBARO, SO GLAD YOU ARE ALMOST ALL BETTER. YOU KNOW, WE NEED A PICTURE OF YOU WITH A BIG SANTA HAT ON. YOU WOULD LOOK SO GRAND! OR DESS DR DEAN UP IN A SANTA SUIT AND TAKE YUR PICTURE. PLEASE. WE NEED TO SEE YOU. — SUZIE FLEMING, 64; parkersburg, WV, AMERICA
We're wondering: How is everyone so sure that Barbaro isn't Jewish? With not one "Happy Chanukkah, Barbaro!" letter in the bunch, how do we know that "Bobby" is not terribly offended by these Christmas notes? Maybe Barbaro wants a dreidel? Ever think of THAT, Mary Lou? Or, even more likely, Barbaro is a Muslim; most thoroughbreds can trace their lineage from the Middle East, after all. Perhaps it's Allah who is guiding his speedy recovery, hmm, Alex from Blue Bell, PA?
Then there's always the outside chance that Barbaro worships the Sun God Ra. Which should make for an interesting afterlife.