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© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Many people had high hopes that Eight Belles could become the fourth filly in history to win the Kentucky Derby. She came close, finishing second to favorite Big Brown
, but a quarter mile later tragedy struck while she was slowing down after the race when both her front ankles snapped. They were shattered beyond repair and left her with no good leg to stand on and she had to be euthanized on the track.
She will be missed by everyone who knew her, either personally or as a fan.
Eight Belles born 2-23-2005 by Unbridled's Song out of Away by Dixieland Band