I was at a family party today, and we watched (& bet) on the Kentucky Derby. The horse that came in 2nd place broke both ankles, and was lying on the ground after she finished in 2nd place. They euthanized her on the spot. I was so upset about it, I was near tears. There was a big discussion about it at the party, and my family was telling me that a horse is no good if they get hurt like that. I just couldn't believe they would do that - I kept saying "why can't they just put the ankles in casts? So what if she can never race again"! They kept telling me that it can't be done because horses don't lay down and the only way to treat that kind of injury would be to keep the horse in some kind of sling - someone said that is what they did to "Seabiscuit" (sp?) and that horse only had one broken ankle. They kept showing the race again, and I was so upset watching this filly fighting to win this race, coming in 2nd place, and then being put down right away because of broken ankles. Everyone kept saying "it is JUST a horse - those horses are their money makers, and that horse became useless to the owners at that point". They said the medical bills alone would not be worth it so they put the poor thing out of it's misery. I am still sick about this, and wished I hadn't seen it. Sorry....I just had to get that off my chest.