I debated saying anything about this when I heard. Joyner, apparently, got to it first: 
Sad and surreal: Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton told an Indiana crowd, “I hope that everybody will go to the [Kentucky] derby on Saturday and place just a little money on the filly for me. I won’t be able to be there this year â€” my daughter is going to be there and so she has strict instructions to bet on Eight Belles.”
Eight Belles finished second . Then, tragically, collapsed immediately after crossing the finish line, breaking two ankles. She had to be euthanized.
As James notes, there must be something to this somewhere of symbolism. I’d call it more an omen, myself.
The reason I wasn’t going to say anything in the end, and the reason I didn’t watch the race in the first place, was because it seems to be getting more rare, that we don’t end up with something of the sort happening, every year, and it breaks my heart, every time.
The funny part is, I watched the Flyers quite literally beat up on Montreal last night, and had no such issues, despite there being far more blood involved. Of course, now I’ve opened myself up for a mass mailing from PETA. Sorry, that doesn’t sell, either. I don’t think this a case of Animal Cruelty, at all. Horses are made to run, they’re constructed that way… that’s what they do… and such things happen to them all the time, even when under less controlled conditions.
I like horses, and I can ride. But I’ve never been able to watch races the same way after a few times in a row of going to races or seeing them on the box, and being exposed to such accidents.