08/11/2008 11:00PM

Eight Belles ceremony set


Eight Belles, the filly who became a cause celebre when she was euthanized after breaking down following her runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby last May, will be honored next month in a ceremony outside the Derby Museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Museum officials said the ceremony will include interment of the filly's remains beneath a magnolia tree and the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

The museum's executive director, Lynn Ashton, said in a release that she hopes the plaque will "remind every visitor who walks through our doors of the incredible passion and ability" displayed by Eight Belles in the Derby.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Among those who will attend are Rick Porter, whose Fox Hill Farm owned Eight Belles, and Larry Jones, the filly's trainer.