Tragedy struck the first filly in the Kentucky Derby since 1999, as Eight Belles went down on the track after her second-place finish today, broke two ankles, and was euthanized.
Showing a sisterhood with the female horse, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., during a trip to Louisville this week had said she was going to bet on Eight Belles to win, place, and show.
ABC News’ Karen Travers reports that Clinton told supporters in Jeffersonville, Ind., earlier this week, "I hope that everybody will go to the derby on Saturday and place just a little money on the filly for me. I won’t be able to be there this year — my daughter is going to be there and so she has strict instructions to bet on Eight Belles."
Travers also points out that Eight Belles’ trainer, Larry Jones, returned the love. "It looks like it could be the year for the girls," he said. "Eight Belles I’m sure would want to endorse."
The horse Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., picked to show — Big Brown — won the Derby.
Obama had picked Colonel John to win (he came in 6th) and Pyro to place (he came in 8th).
Chelsea Clinton attended the Derby. Kentucky’s primary, which Clinton is favored to win, will be held on May 20.
UPDATE: People, people…I am not making light of this horse’s death, nor am I inviting you to do so. Please keep the comments civil.