Kentucky Derby (Michael J. Marten /Getty)
Neither post 20 nor history could stop him. Big Brown (Boundary) was 2-1 in the GI Kentucky Derby on the strength of just three sparkling wins, the fewest any had sported since Regret in 1915.
Despite a wide trip, he assumed command at the head of the lane and opened up impressively. “When he turned for home, we knew the game was over, and we were all going crazy,” exalted winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. Eight Belles (Unbridled’s Song) ran bravely to be a clear second, but broke down in both forelegs while galloping out and was euthanized.
Click here to watch video of Big Brown winning the Kentucky Derby 2008.
Saturday, Churchill Downs
KENTUCKY DERBY PRESENTED BY YUM! BRANDS-GI ,
$2,211,800, CDX, 5-3, 3yo, 1 1/4m, 2:01 4/5, ft.
1—BIG BROWN, 126, c, 3, by Boundary
1st Dam: Mien, by Nureyev
2nd Dam: Miasma, by Lear Fan
3rd Dam: Syrian Circle, by Damascus
2—Eight Belles, 121, f, 3, Unbridled’s Song—Away, by Dixieland Band
3—Denis of Cork, 126, c, 3, Harlan’s Holiday-Unbridled Girl, by Unbridled
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News