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Tragedy takes the gloss off Big Brown's dazzling win

Updated: May 4, 2008, 12:57 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thoroughbred racing at its best. Thoroughbred racing at its worst.

In a jarring matter of moments, the Kentucky Derby gave us both. It gave us an overpowering tour de force from Big Brown, stomping the competition despite inexperience and unfavorable post position. And it gave us a fatal injury after the race, when filly Eight Belles followed a sensational effort of her own to finish second by fracturing both ankles, falling to the track and being euthanized on the ...

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