Sports - Eight Belles' trainer defend...

Sports - Eight Belles' trainer defends jockey

There are 7 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from May 5, 2008, titled Sports - Eight Belles' trainer defends jockey. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles says his jockey handled the horse properly during her second-place finish at the Kentucky Derby.

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Saint Augustine, FL

#1 May 5, 2008
My opinion only... horse racing is animal abuse.

Raiford, FL

#2 May 5, 2008
As someone who has been involved with the horse industry for thirty-four years, I agree compleatly with Jones. If you watch the video, I don't think he could have pulled her up, if he tried.If she had given any indication she was in distress, he would have gotten off of her. A horse with a broken leg will go down, and may take the rider and other horses in the field with them. If she dove in the rail, it could have been far more catastrophic.
She isn't stumbling or giving any indication of being in pain, while in the race.
Horses are delicate creatures. It dosen't take much for them to criticaly injure themselves. They can do it in a split second.
I saw the trainer's interview, and what he says is true. Horse will frequently injure themselves while running in pastures, with no aid from humans at all.
Most people don't know how often this happens, because they are only exposed to horse racing for a few major races. If you were at the track, or in large animal practice, you would know that critical injuries often occur. Horse racing hasn't changed much.
Do I wish race and show horse were started later, after their bodies were mature, yes. Is it finacially feasible for breeder and trainers to wait, no.

United States

#3 May 5, 2008
PETA=People Eating Tasty Animals

Jacksonville, FL

#4 May 5, 2008
the first time this happens and PETA wants to end this barbaric sport. i say screw peta! eat a steak and shut up.

Freeport, IL

#5 Nov 11, 2012
JRR wrote:
PETA=People Eating Tasty Animals
People Eating Tasty Animals = Psychopathic Evil Thugs for Animals = unethical overzealous animal-crazy lunatics since 1980

Ashtabula, OH

#6 Jan 4, 2013
Eight Belles was in trouble WHEN HER TOP LINE LEVELED OUT AND HER NECK DROPPED. IF you could ride Cindy you would know that. Down the stretch her neck was lower and lower. The Jockey should have stopped hitting and urging her and he should have let her coast in. After the line he grabs her mouth sharp several times and she braces her legs and that is all she wrote. Finished. Just exactly like the Trainer I grew up explained WOULD happen if a horse is rode into the dirt.
I won't take no selective memory or watered down BS from people like you because I have rode horses all my life.
You are not saving the sport with comments supporting a jockey like that. Matter of fact it would do more good to the sport to bitch endlessly so barns quit giving him mounts UNLESS he changes his ways. I boycott EVERY RACE he is given a mount and I don't care if it is a 5K MC.
When he was put over the rail last year I was on my feet cheering hoping he would not be able to climb back up onto the track. I don't care who knows that and getting punched for hoping he was hurt was worth it.
idi amin dada

Tiverton, RI

#7 Jan 6, 2013
I will eat this horse for Uganda !!!

His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE

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