Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.

The necropsy, ordered by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, found no pre-existing bone abnormalities, said Lafe Nichols, DVM, Kentucky chief state veterinarian. The necropsy revealed no disease or condition affecting the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems or other major organs.

Owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms and trained by Larry Jones, Eight Belles was euthanized on the track after sustaining the catastrophic leg injuries.

The necropsy was performed at the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center at the University of Kentucky. The results of routine post-race drug testing have not yet been received. That testing is being performed at Iowa State University.

(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)  

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