Big Brown wins Kentucky Derby and for the second place horse...

...death.

Now that's a sh*tty consolation prize.

Those horses are so fekkin fragile. At least they didn't go the Barbaro route.

Not to get too P&C here, but Hillary Clinton told her supporters to bet on Eight Belles.

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This is the only video I could find on it, but I saw a clip of the speech itself on Morning Joe this Friday. She talked about how even though "the odds are against her, the filly can come through." And she literally told her supporters to bet on Eight Belles. She recommended it.

Eight Belles came in second to a horse called Big Brown after fatally crippling herself near the finish line. I don't want to bring politics into horse racing here, but that is some ominous goddamn symbolism right there.

Prederick wrote:

Eight Belles came in second to a horse called Big Brown after fatally crippling herself near the finish line.

I heard one of Big Brown's closest friends is a braying ass.

That horse should have never been raced. She was too big, and too young. They probably knew she had bad ankles but juiced her up on pain killers and anesthetics to get her through the race. Bah!

PETA is now calling for the suspension of the jockey. Way to miss the point, and those responsible, idiots.

BabaGanoush wrote:

PETA is now calling for the suspension of the jockey. Way to miss the point, and those responsible, idiots.

No kidding. I don't know enough to speculate on the actions of the owners or trainers but if you want to someone to blame, blame the entire sport of horse racing. Life-threatening or life-ending injuries on the track are not all that abnormal, and most race horses don't have the benefit of a national telecast to inspire public sympathy or outcry.

If PETA really wanted to do something constructive, they could call for donations to help keep rescue ranches like this one operational. Injured race horses that aren't euthenized or shipped off to Canadian slaughterhouses often end up in lengthy rehabilitation at places like Second Chance Ranch. My wife and I adopted a thoroughbred filly from them and it was eye-opening to say the least.

They also blamed Hillary for the horse dying.

"No such thing as bad publicity" truly is PETA's motto.

I hear PETA's claiming that Eight Belles was injured coming around the last turn, and that the jockey should have realized she couldn't win and just quit at that point.

Which is even more delicious, considering the Hillary thing.

Yes, she broke her ankles before the race ended and then ran another 1/2 mile for fun.

I heard Uwe Boll is doing a movie based on Barbaro, and if it goes well, he'll do one on Eight Belles.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Yes, she broke her ankles before the race ended and then ran another 1/2 mile for fun.

Or out of spite because she wanted to marr the whole thing leave horse fans divided and bitter!