|Big Brown after winning the 2008 Kentucky Derby.|
Big Brown entered the race as a 2-1 favorite and would defeat philly Eight Belles by four and three-quarter lengths.
Although finishing in second place, three year old philly Eight Belles was euthanized immediately following the race due to compound fractures of both front ankles.
Upon crossing the finish line, Eight Belles collapsed to the ground and was subsequently euthanized, as the on-call veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage stated that the trauma the horse suffered was too severe to attempt to move her off the track.
Big Brown would go on to win the second leg of the triple crown, the Preakness Stakes two weeks later and had the opportunity to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the triple crown.
However, a crack was discovered in Big Brown’s front left hoof that caused him to come in last place at the third leg of the triple crown, the Belmont Stakes.
Today marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.