Kentucky Derby - Triumph and Tragedy

"A horse never runs so fast
as when he has other horses
to catch up and outpace."

(43 BC - 17 AD)

The 134th Kentucky Derby, held Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, was marked by both triumph and tragedy.

Big Brown Bounty

Big Brown boldly blasted from gate #20 into the fray, and he never looked back. The three-year-old thoroughbred won big at the Kentucky Derby, stimulating hopes for a potential Triple Crown bid.

Click here to read the whole story, "Big Brown Wins 134th Kentucky Derby: Thoroughbred Racehorse Undefeated in All His Outings."

A Sad Finish for a Much-Celebrated Race

The Kentucky Derby finish on Saturday, May 3, 2008, was bittersweet for horse racing enthusiasts. Although spectators and participants celebrated Big Brown's dramatic first-place finish at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, they lamented the tragedy that befell the second-place horse.

Eight Belles (pictured above), the only filly in this year's Kentucky Derby, finished a clear second and collapsed immediately after the horse race. At the end of the horse race, Eight Belles had broken both front ankles and toppled to the ground. Sadly, Eight Belles was euthanized on the spot.

Click here to read the whole story, "Eight Belles Collapses After Kentucky Derby Horse Race: Tragedy Strikes Second-Place Horse at Churchill Downs."

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  1. It's going to mean a lot of people afraid to watch horse racing, and take their children, which may be enough reason to force changes in the irresponsible breeding for speed instead of endurance.

  2. Bigger, faster, stronger, and instant gratification have long been issues in the racing industry, just as they are in other sports.

    Too bad that the horses have to pay in one form or another though.

    Thanks for stopping in at Oh HorseFeathers! Hope you enjoyed your visit!

  3. I have to applaud Mrs Mom for her comment and ruth for her insight.

    When is the racing industry going to get the "hint" and do something substantial to not only protect race horses but to save the sport.

    Horses are raced far too young, in my opinion. They are not fully developed on any level.

    Is it greed or impatience not to be able to wait until they are at least 4 years old to submit them to these grueling races? I am stumped.

    I really enjoyed looking through your blog and will be adding it to my blog roll.


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