Eight Belles


I am positively sick over what happened at the Kentucky Derby today.
In case you hadn’t heard, the filly, Eight Belles, came in second in the race only to break both her ankles while cooling down. She was euthanized on the track. On the track, in front of God and everybody. A beautiful animal, who was alive and vibrant and happy this morning, is now dead, and for what? For our entertainment? I’m not entertained. Are YOU entertained? If you are, there’s something wrong with you. This is why I am vehemently opposed to horse racing. They could ban it tomorrow and I’d do a jig.
And what about those people there, watching? What did they think? Were they okay with that? When they saw her go down and the people swarming around her, and, minutes later, when they hoisted the dead body onto a truck to take it away — did they think that was acceptable? Collateral damage, perhaps? The price you pay for a good time? That’s bullshit. I’ll tell you what it is: it’s a travesty. It’s disgusting. They should be ashamed. We should all be ashamed.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

3 responses »

  1. De-lurking to say a big thank you for posting exactly what I have been thinking about since the race. I love horses, but hate the races.

  2. Good Christ. I had not known that. It’s criminal. What, her ankles couldn’t’ve healed? They don’t have horsey casts? (I know nothing about horses, so I seriously ask this.)
    Euthanasia as entertainment. Nice society we’ve got going here.

  3. We actually watched the race. I could not believe when it happened. They showed the replay and she kind of did a funny little step but kept running. When they announced she had been euthanized, I was shocked! Horse racing, rodeoes … they can all be outlawed as far as I’m concerned!

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