Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Horse Is Epitaph 

It's from a handicapper that's real sincere (namely Zemblan patriot J.M.):
The filly Eight Belles finished second behind favourite 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.

"When we passed the wire I stood up," said Saez, a first-time Derby rider. "She started galloping funny. I tried to pull her up. That's when she went down."

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

"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."

Trainer Larry Jones and owner Rick Porter decided to run Eight Belles against the boys in America's greatest race despite her never having done so before.

We are insuffiently skilled in the dark art of augury to offer a definitive explication of today's events, but we do hope the Democratic leadership had a qualified haruspex on hand to read the late filly's entrails:
Democrat Hillary Clinton has revealed her favorite for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3rd.

The presidential hopeful urged a group of her supporters in Louisville Thursday to put their money on the filly, Eight Belles.

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