Online tributes to Eight Belles

    Looks like Barbaro’s got some company in famous horse heaven. Eight Belles, a filly who finished second at this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, broke her front ankles, and was euthanized on the track. The online world quickly responded, creating tribute videos and all sorts of other media to honor the life of the fallen horse. Most YouTube offerings resemble this video.

    I know next to nothing about horse racing, so I’m curious how people develop such strong relations to a horse that prompts them to overflow YouTube with tribute videos like the one above. Charlton Heston didn’t get this much love, and he was Moses.

    I think this video, featuring the song “My Immortal” and some really bizarre moments, really sums up everything.


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