If you were watching the Kentucky Derby telecast, you would know that Big Brown won, and Eight Belles finished second but broke down after her finish. She was euthanized. Already, after checking the google news feed of news on Eight Belles, comments on different newspaper articles are clamoring to “check into this sport” for animal safety and calling to listen to PETA. Some of them also claim not to know very much about horse racing.
This is a very hard blow for horse racing, coming up on the heels of Barbaro not that long ago. It’s rare that there are breakdowns at the highest level of the sport, and especially rare to have them in back-to-back years of Heavy Media Coverage.
How ironic that Chelokee, Michael Matz’s last year’s KY Derby hopeful, who won the first Barbaro Stakes, also broke down just yesterday. His injuries were not as catastrophic as Eight Belles’, however, so he is given a 50/50 chance of surviving his upcoming treatment.
Also, PETA has not done as much for racing as racing has done for its own.
Too bad nobody calls for the end of other sports when stupid injuries happen.
In the end, I wish Eight Belles a long run through the history of horse racing. I was rooting for you, girl.