Oh well... I think Leparoux is a way better jockey anyway. Michael Matz is one of the worlds most incredible horsemen, and I would never doubt his decisions. Ive been a fan of Union Rags since his first race, and with a horse like that and a jockey like Leparoux, I only see success.
I'll never forget watching the first saturday in May '08. I had watched this filly during her ever too short career. My money and my heart was with her that day. Even though she finished a close 2nd, she had a commanding performance that day. And then after the race both her ankles gave out and she was down, having to be humanely euthanized. It was later shown the winner, Big Brown, was on steriods that day, a legal substance in Kentucky at that time. But in the heart of champions, we will always know the one who derserved the roses that day. A filly that showed more heart and more bravery then all those colts put together. RIP Eight Belles, you will never be forgotten and your legacy is living on forever and is changing the face of racing for the better.
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