New Safety Precautions In Racing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Horse racing is taking some noticeable
steps toward improving safety after the fatal breakdown of Eight
Belles at last year's Kentucky Derby.

Among the changes in place for the Derby this Saturday are
padded starting gates, replacement of welt-inducing whips with
noisy but less painful riding crops, a ban on a type of cleated
shoe believed to cause injuries and bans on anabolic steroids in
almost every racing state.

National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop
said the sport's response discredits the argument of some that
horse racing can't adequately police itself.

Yet not everybody is convinced. Republican congressman Ed
Whitfield of Kentucky could introduce legislation as early as this
summer compelling states to act on safety.

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