Saturday, May 3, 2008

A sad Kentucky Derby

I love the Kentucky Derby; I thrill at seeing some horse in the backfield overtake the rest of the contenders, one by one, and win by five lengths; this is what usually happens.

I always pick out a favorite to root for.  This year, since there was a filly in the running (a rare event), I chose Eight Belles.  Wow, seventeen hands:  That's one tall girl. 

We ladies have to stick together, right?

She did well, placing second.  Then fell to the ground with both front ankles broken.  She had to be put down.



It was a great race, but it was marred by Belle's death.

If you missed the race, you can watch it HERE.

13 comments:

amy122389 said...

I wonder why she had to be put down....??  Horses don't recover from broken ankles?  That is sad....she's a beautiful horse....

~Amy

jctopaz55 said...

Mosie , that is so sad ...she was a beautiful horse . Take care .

Jctopaz55

fierrorachel said...

Wow.  Now I'm glad I didn't watch.  How depressing.

domsmom27 said...

I always wonder if horse racing is cruel.  It seems like they are running too fast on those little spindley legs.  But what do I know about horses?  Not much.
                                    Marlene
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ksquester said...

It just broke my heart MO!  But at least she did not suffer for long.  I have been reading your back entries and I am so very happy for you getting your new home!    OH HAPPY DAY!   Hope it happens soon.    Anne

breakaway1968 said...

AWWW that is terribly sad!    Poor girl!!  Did her owner look pretty sad?  

nanlynska said...

Donna, we watched the race too. I was rooting for 'Big Brown' AND 'Eight Belles' She was such a beauty ! I loved the color of her tail. Those light hightlights on the end of it were so pretty.

When I saw she was on the ground injured and then heard that they had to put her down, I cried. She had run a great race. To end up on the ground with both ankles broken was tragic for sure. Thankfully they ended her suffering as quick as possible.
I love to watch the DERBY. It's always an exciting race.

The jockey's story on 'Big Brown' was quite heart tugging too. As well as the trainer's journey to the Derby. So I was pleased that Big Brown came through to win.

pinkroseal said...

what a beautiful Horse, and yes, sad ending to a great event.  PINK IN MN.

whitedove3622 said...

Each time I hear about a race horse getting hurt during a race it saddens me deeply. Such a beautiful animal. But I to know little about horses just that they are a beautiful thing to behold.

siennastarr said...

This just really upset me...  :(


Jackie

helmswondermom said...

As I put in my entry, she was my favorite, too.  She ran beautifully, and I just cried when they announced that they'd had to euthanize her.  
Lori

lisa41076 said...

Awwwww that was so sad about the horse :( Hugs Lisa

suzypwr said...

It's just abuse to me, making those horses run their hearts (and legs) out so humans can make millions of dollars off them. What a beautiful horse she was!

xoxo