The joy I felt as Big Brown brilliantly galloped over the finish line, winning the Kentucky Derby yesterday afternoon, was immediately replaced with a deep and profound sadness at the premature and tragic loss of the beautiful and talented filly, Eight Belles. Her fatal accident was an immediate reminder that the Sport of Kings is never held without enormous risk and sorrow.
My heart and well wishes go out to Eight Belle's connections, owner: Fox Hill Farms, trainer: Larry Jones, breeder: Robert N. Clay and Serengeti Stable, and her jockey, Gabriel Saez.
Fly with the angels, sweet Eight Belles.
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