Eight Belles.

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.

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10 responses to “Eight Belles.

  1. Eight Belles was my first pick, also.

    Brave Belle.. What a gallant finish in the Derby. She gave her all!

    Alas, too much horse (17HH) for such fine, delicate legs…

    RIP dear Belle

  2. D L Black

    These “breakdowns” are not stupid accidents. These horses are started too young and too much stress is put on their fragile bones before they have reached the age for adequate calcification. That is the fact. I’m not a PETA fanatic, not against racing, just a horse lover. It is tragically clear that the racing industry needs to be revamped. These horses aren’t coincidentally breaking down – they are over medicated, over stressed and over worked. Trainers and owners simply demand too much of an adolescent horse and it will continue to end with these types of horrible events.

  3. Susan Scarberry

    SO VERY VERY SORRY! WHEN I SAW HER FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME I NEW SHE WAS PERFECT. GOD GAVE HER TO US FOR A WHILE, SHE WAS ALMOST NOT REAL. SHE WAS SPECIAL! JUST CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED. I CRIED AND SO DID THE WORLD THAT UNDERSTOOD WHAT WE SAW IN HER. SHE WOULD OF WON, RAN WITH HER HEART, EVEN WITH THE PAIN IN HER LEGS SHE CAME IN SECOND. WILL NEVER WILL FORGET HER. LOVE, SUSAN, LAS VEGAS

  4. OhHillary

    Can’t we admit the obvious IRONY and the parallels between Obama (Big Brown) and Hillary (Eight Belles)?

    The term “Eight bells” can also be a way of saying that a sailor’s watch is over, for instance, in his or her obituary. It’s a nautical euphemism for “finished”.

    1) Hillary will stop at NOTHING to get the nomination, even if it hurts herself and her party….

    (A fine filly like Eight Belles will stop at nothing even if she breaks her own legs and dies.)

    2) Hillary is madly trying to run with the BOYS in a race she will do ANYTHING it takes to win — for the power and the glory and to prove she can do it no matter what the injury to herself or others.

    (Eight Belles — fighting an artificial turf and a herd of massive males, tried to win over the huge and powerful Big Brown)

    3) Hillary wanted everyone to bet for Eight Belles to win (not to place) and everyone who trusted her lost.

    4) The filly was fatally crippled, so they euthanized her. Will this happen to Hillary’s campaign or her potential presidency? She has the will, but does Hillary have the strength to avoid going down at the finish line as well?

    I personally put my money on Big Brown and guess what… I won.

    I’m betting on Obama. I don’t trust Hillary or her judgment.

    (All respect to women running for office — Feinstein, Thatcher, etc…. this is not about women… it’s about Hillary’s bedlamite character and lack of strength needed to finish the race and run the free world.)

    Quoting Brian, a blogger on ABC:

    “The parallels are a little weird and I hate even bringing them up. Big Brown had only had only run three races and people were questioning his experience. Eight Belles was the only filly in the race and comes in second.”

  5. ponderingpastor

    I read today that industry-wide, 2 horses per day sustain “career-ending injuries”. Betting is the only reason this industry exists.

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  7. xanthippa

    It does not make sense to compare injuries to willing participants in a sport – like football – with injuries sustained by athletes who were specifically bread, trained since birth, and then raced without having any control over their own fate.

    I am not saying race horses do not enjoy racing – I have seen them enjoy it very much. But they are not in control. Human athletes (unless there is some secret ‘athlete slavery ring’, HAVE CHOICE).

    Therefore, it is wrong to draw this comparison.

    While I would be loath to compare horseracing to dogfighting, unless the industry reforms itself and puts the well-being of the horses first (both in genetic selection and in racing young horses), people WILL begin to compare the two. And that would be a shame.

  8. Point taken, xanthippa.

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  10. d.st.

    Eight Belles was a brave heart and a champion. I think that jockey should be deported and the trainer should be arrested for animal abuse.

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