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[RC] Kentucky Derby - Donna J. Coss

The filly "Eight Bells" finished the race intact, one ankle broke 10 lengths down the track and the other
broke when she went down and tried to get up. This was a 17 hand filly, which is a big girl to be racing
mile and 1/4th at such a young age.

But on the other hand, two horses had to be put down because of injuries sustained during the
cross country during the Rolex. These are mainly Thoroughbreds and are an average of 12-14 years old
and have been conditioned fairly well.

Accidents do happen when any horse participates at this higher level. More to blame is the
practice of racing at two years of age--just babies! How many races did Seabiscuit run in?
40 or more --at least-- and made the cross country trip by train many times.

Are the horses breaking down because of poor breeding or poor conditioning? The young stallions
who break down early, still end up in the breeding shed!

The Rolex is on NBC today--Sunday--at 5p.m. est


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