As the only filly in the Kentucky Derby, Eight Bells was embraced by Hillary Clinton as her horse in the race — even sending Chelsea to bet on her. She ended up being euthanized and PETA calling for the jockey to be suspended. To fulfill the bad omen for the superstitious, Obama’s horse Big Brown won.
Hillary had made Eight Bells a symbol of a female horse running against males. In one speech, she told a gathering in Jeffersonville, Indiana:
“I hope that everybody will go to the derby on Saturday and place just a little money on the filly for me. I wont be able to be there this year – my daughter is going to be there and so she has strict instructions to bet on Eight Bells.”