when i have travelled outside the states or conversed with people i've met from other parts of the world, the state of kentucky strikes 2 chords with most...
the kentucky derby...
well, today is derby day here in the bluegrass state; and the race was run almost exactly one hour ago. john and i have never failed to "oooooh" and "awwwwwwe" over all the horses pre-race and then, of course, watch the race.
the "run for the roses" is as beautiful as it is exciting. today was no exception.
we had a favorite... the filly, "eight belles", the only female in the race!!! she was also trained by one of our
"home-towners", LARRY JONES.
"big brown" was the odds on favorite. and, though he'd only ever run (won) three races, the less experienced two-year-old won!!!
however, guess which horse came in second???
you guessed it!!!
the filly held her own...
as we watched all the excitement unfold around "big brown", the camera quickly panned to EIGHT BELLES who lay on the track..
still on her side...
my heart skipped a beat and then became heavy.
"what's wrong with her, john?" i asked, "do you think she had a heart attack???"
about that time two veterinary ambulances pulled up next to her.
the camera went back to "big brown" who seemed to have thrown his jockey. the jockey got back on the beautiful winner as the excitement increased around the horse.
the camera went back to an nbc reporter who was standing with the track horse vet.
"unfortunately, we are going to have to report that "eight belles" broke both of her front ankles and had to be euthanized..."
"unfortunately is an understatement!!!"
i have been just heartbroken about the whole situation...
what turned out to be an awesome day for kentucky's darling girl ended in devastation.
it is believed that "big brown" threw his jockey because he had been "spooked" by the death of his running mate, the girl...
EIGHT BELLES, YOU GAVE THE BOYS A REAL
"RUN FOR THE ROSES" TODAY!!!
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE...
my prayers go out to those that have had both the honor and pleasure of spending time with the beautiful girl. the only solace is that she is no longer in pain and will not have to endure all previous derby winner, "barbaro", did...
love and blessings,