Politics and the Actual Horse Race
Posted on May 4, 2008
File this under just plain weird: Hillary Clinton picked Eight Belles, the only filly in the race, to win the Kentucky Derby. She came in second, behind Big Brown, and, sadly, had to be euthanized on the track because she broke two ankles after crossing the finish line.
AP via Google:
The day began with hope and pomp. Bolstered by the sentimental support from 157,770 fans and endorsed by presidential contender Hillary Clinton and cheered by daughter Chelsea, the filly finished second in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
She crossed the wire 4 3/4 lengths behind favorite Big Brown. Then, with the second-largest crowd in Derby history still whooping it up, Eight Belles collapsed with two broken front ankles.
The magnitude of what happened was slow to reach the fans at Churchill Downs. Not only was a horse down, but it was the filly. And horse racing—with the memory of Barbaro still fresh and a severe injury to a horse coming only a day earlier on Kentucky Oaks Day—had to confront grief one more time.
AP photo / Brian Bohannon
Track personnel try to hold down Eight Belles after the 134th Kentucky Derby.