2009 Kentucky Derby Ends With Injuries and Death for Horses


How anyone can still tune in to watch horse racing, especially after Eight Belles broke both her ankles and was
euthanized at last year's Kentucky Derby
? Well, some mint julep–sipping,
tacky hat–wearing folks still do—and for them, this past week was another
showcase of horse horrors.

Monday: Raspberry Kiss and Dr. Rap, two young Derby horses,
were involved in a collision that
resulted in a broken hip, and eventual euthanasia, for Raspberry Kiss

Friday: Stormaly, who was projected to win
the American Turf, suffered fractures and was euthanized.

Sunday morning: I Want Revenge, the Kentucky Derby
fave, was scratched early in the day because of an ankle injury
and is
expected to be off the racetrack until at least summer.

Sunday afternoon: The Derby's projected winner, Friesan Fire, had part of his hoof ripped off
right after the start
but managed to finish the race, bleeding the whole
way, 18th of 19 horses. (Somehow, I'm not surprised that Friesan Fire is trained
by Larry Jones with Gabriel Saez as the jockey, the same duo who sent Eight
Belles to her early grave last year.)

All of the above occurred at just one track during just one weekend, but injuries and death are routine at

Anybody want to guess what the upcoming Preakness and Belmont Stakes have in store for horses?

Posted by Karin Bennett


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