Another black eye for horse racing

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By Claude Lewis

The Kentucky Derby is sometimes referred to as "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports," and with just cause.

So much anticipation, so much at stake, is over in a flash.

The winner of the Kentucky Derby is an overnight sensation. A place in history. Big bucks. A shot at the Triple Crown.

This past Saturday, there were 20, 1,200-pound three-year-old thoroughbreds thundering around Churchill Downs for a mile and a quarter.

While the owners and trainer of the horse named "Big Brown" celebrated, a more sobering face of the sport surfaced on the backstretch.

The second-place horse "Eight Belles" had collapsed, two front ankles broken. The poor filly who gave her all for her trainer and jockey had to be immediately euthanized.

It has to rate as another black eye for the sport of horse racing, which is still reeling from the death of 2006 Derby winner "Barbaro."

The owners of "Barbaro" are to be commended for their efforts to save the horse's life. Significant strides were made in the field of treating and rehabbing a broken leg.

"Eight Belles" never had that chance with two broken legs.

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