Proud filly, Eight Belles, is euthanized
after break down at Kentucky Derby.
She ran with the heart of a locomotive, on champagne-glass ankles for the pleasure of the crowd, the sheiks, oilmen, entrepreneurs, old money from the thousand-acre farms, the handicappers, men in bad sport coats with crumpled sheets full of betting hieroglyphics, the julep-swillers and the ladies in hats the size of boats, and the rest of the people who make up thoroughbred racing. Washington Post
Why do we keep giving thoroughbred horse racing a pass? Is it the tradition?
This isn’t about one death. This is about the nature of a sport that routinely grinds up young horses.
Why do we refuse to put the brutal game of racing in the realm of mistreatment of animals?
Eight Belles was another victim of a brutal sport that is carried, literally, on the backs of horses. Horsemen like to talk about their thoroughbreds and how they were born to run and live to run. The reality is that they are made to run, forced to run for profits they never see.
And who knows how many horses die anonymous deaths?
Eight Belles, we’ll write, was merely the casualty of a brutal game.
New York Times
“Trainer Larry Jones said, ‘She went out in a blaze of glory,’ as he tried to hold back tears from his reddening eyes.
She did not go out in a “blaze of glory.” She went out in hideous pain, unable to understand why her legs gave out when all she was doing was running like hell. She went out in the back of a truck.
For beautiful, Eight Belles,
her life had just begun.
It is time to say enough.