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Horse Races

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by VikingBolt, May 3, 2008.

  1. VikingBolt

    VikingBolt BoltTalker

    Oct 8, 2006
    Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby by a big margin. Will he be the first Triple Crown Winner since ummm, forgot exactly, but something like 30 years ago?

    Sad to say, the horse I was rooting for Eight Belles had to be euthanized due to broken front ankles - came in 2nd.
  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    I was just going to post the article

    Sad day for horse racing


    Eight Belles breaks down, euthanized after 2nd-place finish

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The filly Eight Belles finished second behind favorite Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, then collapsed with two broken front ankles and was euthanized after crossing the wire.

    The field of 20 horses was galloping out around the first turn at Churchill Downs when Eight Belles suddenly went down on both front legs and jockey Gabriel Saez slid off.

    "When we passed the wire I stood up," said Saez, a first-time Derby rider. "She started galloping funny. I tried to pull her up. That's when she went down."

    An equine ambulance reached her on the track and put down the filly.

    "There was no possible way to save her," on-call veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage said. "She broke both front ankles. That's a bad injury."

    Trainer Larry Jones and owner Rick Porter decided to run Eight Belles against the boys in America's greatest race despite her never having done so before. She also was entered in Friday's Kentucky Oaks for fillies, but instead Jones won that race with Proud Spell and set himself up to pull off the double.

    Eight Belles was the first filly since 1999 to run in the Derby; the last to win was Winning Colors in 1988. She didn't press 2-1 favorite Big Brown down the stretch, and he drew away to a 43/4-length victory.

    Still, Eight Belles was a sentimental pick by 157,770 fans, second-largest crowd in Derby history. She repaid their support by returning $10.60 and $6.40 for a $2 win ticket.
  3. HughC

    HughC BoltTalker

    May 3, 2008
    How long before the yahoos from PETA seize the opportunity and demand a ban to horse racing? 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

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