Safety Remains in the Spotlight

By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
Safety Remains in the Spotlight
Track personnel try to hold down Eight Belles after the 134th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, May 3, 2008. Eight Belles was euthanized after breaking both front ankles.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A year after second-place finisher Eight Belles had to be euthanized following the Kentucky Derby, safety has improved—but the inherent dangers of horse racing remain immutable, MSNBC reports. The industry has altered the rules regarding steroids, whips, and horseshoes, "but the bottom line is, not a lot of change," said a congressman critical of the sport's decentralized structure.

A prominent owner says that's missing the point, and the sport has come a long way since Eight Belles, a popular filly, broke both ankles in last year's Run for the Roses. "I think it was very important that the industry demonstrate to itself that it could get … on a winning path,” said Stuart Janney III. “It has done so in the past year."
(Read more horse racing stories.)

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