I'm a bit confused, generally the horses that rate a statue on the grounds of the track aren't horses that would be running that day (in fact, most are passed on by the time they are in statue form). Maybe I'm just not following what you're saying.......?
I have become severely disenchanted with racing and the industry in general. We still like attending DATD (lol, typing that all I could think was Don't Ask, Don't Tell....too many years as a military spouse), and we do watch the actual Derby via television (couldn't pay me enough to be in Louisville on Derby Day), but that is the extent of what I can stomach of racing. Even the events like DATD can be a bit much, there was a horrible collision last year when one of the horses got loose during morning workouts. Like SR, the breakdowns are just too much for me to watch.
When Eight Bells was running she was DD and I's pick - we had a great picture of her we snapped during her workout at DATD -- when she broke down we both sat and cried like babies watching the coverage.