More than 1,200 horses reported euthanized in 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A national count by The Associated Press
has found more than 1,200 racehorses were reported killed at
thoroughbred tracks last year - around the same number as the year
before.
Although the industry rushed to improve safety since Eight
Belles was euthanized at the Kentucky Derby, those efforts have
done little instantly to curb the number of fatalities.
The largest racing state of California reported 251 deaths -
most in the nation for the second straight year. Louisiana showed
the biggest improvement, dropping from 68 racehorse deaths in 2007
to 40 last year.
Eight Belles pulled up lame with two broken legs after finishing
second at the 2008 Derby. Her death on racing's biggest stage gave
the effort a national face and new momentum.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-09-06-09 1741EDT


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