Yay Big Brown!!! Wasn't he AMAZING??? I am very hopeful for another sublime performance on Preakness day! I'm very sad about Eight Belles. But I want everyone to know that horses don't suffer any more or less injuries than any other athlete; human or animal. The unfortunate part of serious injuries to the equine is their physiology does not allow for 'bed rest'. I'm not in any way downplaying the death of Eight Belles (or any other race horse) .... it is tragic and awful. But I've spent a great deal of my life around these horses and they are honestly, truly happiest when they are running. It just takes one misstep to cause an injury like hers... and, believe me, her connections will take no pleasure in her loss. They will cry when her empty stall is prepped for a new tenant. It doesn't matter if it's a $5,000 claimer or the 2nd place finisher in the Derby all of us in and around and in love with these horses feel it and hate that it's part of the game. Calling the purses 'blood money' is not only ridiculous but insulting to the people who work feverishly, day and night, tending these gallant and passionate athletes. If a marathon runner or a racing greyhound or a hockey player or a football player have a horrific injury, they have surgery and they lay down for a long time to get well. Horses just can't do that. My heartfelt condolences to Fox Hill Farms, Larry Jones, and Gabriel Saez. She was a beautiful filly. Thank you for sharing her with us. Last, it's disturbing to me that when we have record setting races like the Breeders Cup last year and the year before and the year before and everyone comes home safe and eats their hay not one naysayer utters a congratulatory whisper. One televised injury and everyone who ever thought of a race horse is suddenly an evil, hateful person cheering for death and destruction. Give me a break.