Big Brown heads for the finish line in
Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Big Brown Wins the Kentucky Derby

May 04, 2008 12:12 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Big Brown remained unbeaten in his career and became the first horse since 1915 to win the Derby in his fourth career start. Runner-up Eight Belles broke both front legs and was euthanized on the track.

30 Second Summary

In the week preceding the race, many pundits felt that this year’s race lacked a standout horse. Big Brown proved them wrong.

In a dominating performance, Big Brown got a clean trip on the outside and made his move on the final turn. He pulled away from the field and cruised to a 4 3/4 length victory.

His performance was no surprise to trainer Rick Dutrow, who spent the week boasting about his horse's ability. “I feel if we run our race, if he breaks clean, I haven't seen a horse yet that can beat Big Brown,” he said, “I just don't see it.”

Dutrow is a controversial figure, having been suspended multiple times, including a 2005 suspension for injecting his horses with performance-enhancing drugs. Today, however, he is on top of the horse racing world. “I can't express my feelings,” he said, “only that it was one of the most incredible feelings I ever had, and I can't wait to feel it again.”

Sadly, Big Brown’s accomplishment was overshadowed by the death of the runner-up. The only filly in the race, Eight Belles collapsed after crossing the finish line and needed to be euthanized.

"She went out in glory; she went out as a champion to us," said trainer Larry Jones, “We're heartbroken; we'll miss her every day."

Headline Link: Big Brown wins, Eight Belles is euthanized

Background: Dutrow’s confidence and the pundits’ skepticism

Key Players: Rick Dutrow

Reference: Horse Profiles, Race Replay and Kentucky Derby Guide


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