This Day In Sports History (May 3rd) – Big Brown

Big Brown

It was on this day in 2008 that Big Brown won the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Big Brown entered the race as a 2-1 favorite and would defeat Eight Belles by four and three-quarter lengths.

After 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.

Here is the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Notable Birthdays

Jeff Hornacek, NBA – Born May 3rd 1963 (age 50) in Elmhurst, Illinois

Igor Olshansky, NFL – Born May 3rd 1982 (age 31) in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Joseph Addai, NFL – Born May 3rd 1983 (age 30) in Houston, Texas

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