Eight Belles gave Derby's most valiant effort

Updated: May 5, 2008, 11:15 AM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Big Brown won the 134th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Obviously, he came as advertised, arriving at the wire comfortably ahead, in what was only the fourth race of his career. He upheld every confident prediction made by his trainer, Rick Dutrow, during the week leading up to the Derby. He overcame a prodigious collection of historical obstacles and won from Post 20 with unmitigated authority.

The most valiant effort in the Derby, however, was not Big ...

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