May 3, 2008


Big Brown wins Derby; filly is euthanized (Bill Finley, May 4, 2008, NY Times)

Running away from 19 rivals, Big Brown dominated Saturday's 134th running of the Kentucky Derby, winning by four and three-quarters lengths in a race that was marred by the death of Eight Belles, who finished second.

Big Brown became the first horse since 1915 to win the Kentucky Derby with three or fewer starts coming into the race. He started from the unfavorable outside post position No. 20, but neither that not his lack of racing experience proved to be a problem.

It had been about that long since a horse won from as far out as the 20th spot too--and they took walking starts then, rather than from gates. Maybe Big Brown is as good as all that.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2008 6:52 PM
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