Eight Belles Steroid Free

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A steroids test for filly Eight Belles has
come back negative.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority announced Friday that test
results showed no traces of steroids in the filly, who was
euthanized moments after finishing second to Big Brown in the
Kentucky Derby on May 3 after breaking ankles in both of her front
legs.

Eight Belles and the other 19 horses in the Derby were also
tested for improper medication levels, as was the entire field in
the Kentucky Oaks, won by Eight Belles' stablemate Proud Spell. All
of the medication tests came back negative.

An autopsy on Eight Belles completed earlier this week showed
she had no diseases or pre-existing bone abnormalities before her
breakdown.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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