Eight Belles (#8) wins a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies on October 30, 2007 at Delaware Park.
Just as the filly was winning her first race, her stablemate Hard Spun was leaving the Delaware Park backside on a Kentucky-bound van, to begin a new career as a stallion. Both horses were owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm and trained by Larry Jones.
May 1, 2008: Larry Jones is back at Churchill Downs to get ready for his second shot at the Kentucky Derby, this time with a filly. Hard Spun was the runner-up the year before.
Jones takes Eight Belles for her morning work at Churchill, two days before the big race.
Eight Belles, the only filly in the 134th Kentucky Derby, is greeted by cheers from the crowd as she is led to the paddock to be saddled.
Eight Belles (red and white silks, green saddle cloth) is near the front of the pack as the twenty-horse Derby field rounds the final turn.
Big Brown races to victory, with Eight Belles right behind him. The filly crossed the finish line in second place before breaking both front ankles as she galloped out. Her injuries were so catastrophic that she was euthanized on the track.
Eight Belles is buried at Churchill Downs, where a race has been named in her honor.
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