What Can Brown Do for You?Something happened yesterday that very rarely occurs-the favorite (Big Brown) won the Kentucky Derby. The sadness came when filly Eight Belles was put down after finishing second and breaking both front legs:
“There was no way to save her. She couldn’t stand,” Jones said. “She ran an incredible race. She ran the race of her life.”
Some folks forget that these beautiful animals are athletes, too. They are just as susceptible to injury as human athletes. Perhaps the biggest difference is that unlike human athletes, if a horse breaks both front legs and can't stand, it likely won't survive. Although this kind of injury tends to happen with greater frequency in the racing world among thoroughbreds and standardbreds, it can and has happened in the show ring as well. Owner Larry Jones has to be milling around his decision to run Eight Belles in the Derby yesterday-he scratched her from the all-filly Kentucky Oaks Friday for a chance at the big race. I'm sure he's playing the "what-if" game in his mind, especially after another of his horses, Proud Spell, won the Oaks.