Trainer Larry Jones said, "She went out in glory. She went out a champion to us. She was our family. I saw my son yesterday and my daughter today, but I saw Eight Belles every day. She had been with us for a year. Losing animals like this isn't fun. We're heartbroken. We're going to miss her."
Owner Rick Porter said, "I'll remember her as a beautiful, mild-tempered, talented filly that gave her life giving it all to be second in the Kentucky Derby."