When I first read what had happened at this years KY Derby, I was numb. The reaction from my heart up out of my mouth was, ' see!... see what people do to animals just for personal 'prestige' and just to make money, it is not right... what is wrong with these people!! ..."
I think this article below from the Peta files says it best.
accredited soley to 'Peta Files', Kentucky Derby Horse Killed in Front of Thousands:
" With the shock of Barbaro's death after the 2006 Preakness still fresh in their minds, the Kentucky Derby crowd saw for themselves the sordid truth about what racing means for the horses involved last night, as the filly Eight Belles was killed after collapsing on the track.
This young filly's death may have been humane, but the race sure wasn't. PETA is calling for the immediate suspension of jockey Gabriel Saez—who whipped Eight Belles mercilessly as she came down the final stretch, no doubt in agony from two front legs that were about to snap.
While the trainers, jockeys, and owners may weep their crocodile tears today over Eight Belles' euthanasia, they will be back on the track tomorrow, putting other horses at risk. Thoroughbreds are raced on hard dirt surfaces—like the one at Churchill Downs. Their bones simply can't take it, as Eight Belles' two broken front legs showed last night. Despite the wealth associated with thoroughbred racing, for the horses—most of whom end up broken, cast off, or sent to Europe to be killed for the dinner table—it's a dirty business and no better than dogfighting " .
sidenote- personaly, I would have gladly stood in and taken her whipping so she would not have had to feel that pain as well. Thanks for reading.