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Hillary’s Derby Pick Finishes 2nd, Is Put Down

From the Associated Press:

Filly Eight Belles breaks down after 2nd-place Derby finish


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — 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.

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

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.”

Not to make everything political, but isn’t it ominous that Hillary’s pick for the Kentucky Derby — the only filly in the race — broke her two front ankles crossing the finish line in second place and had to be put down?

And she lost to “Big Brown”?

Still, what a senseless tragedy. Something has got to be done about running these poor dumb animals to death.

And I don’t mean our politicians.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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