LEXINGTON, KY -- An autopsy reveals that euthanized filly Eight Belles had no pre-existing bone abnormalities that caused her to break down after the Kentucky Derby.
The tests were performed by chief Kentucky veterinarian Lafe
Nichols. It confirms compound fractures of both front legs at the
The autopsy didn't include results of post-race drug tests. It
will be several days before those are available. Eight Belles'
trainer, Larry Jones, has requested additional tests to prove the
filly wasn't on steroids.
Eight Belles was euthanized on the track at Churchill Downs
after the Derby when she broke down while jogging about a
quarter-mile past the finish line. She finished second to Big Brown
in the race.