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Eight Belles post-mortem confirms ankle fractures.

Byline: Dan Farley

A POST-MORTEM on Eight Belles, whose death after the line in the Kentucky Derby has provoked outrage in the US, confirmed that she suffered compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joint, writes Dan Farley.

The Larry Jones-trained filly was put down after finishing nearly five lengths behind Big Brown when second at Churchill Downs.

The post-mortem, which was performed at the University of Kentucky, revealed no disease of the cardiovascular or pulmonary system or any other major organs.

Earlier tests for steroids requested by Jones have returned negative.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 17, 2008
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