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Body of Eight Belles now at UK lab for further testing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - It will be at least two more weeks before
additional information is known about what caused the filly Eight
Belles to break down in the Kentucky Derby.
A lab at the University of Kentucky has begun to examine the
body of the horse that was euthanized following her runner-up
finish in the Derby. But the filly's owner, Rick Porter, says
researchers have only told him that both of the front ankles were
broken.
Porter says blood and tissue tests have been submitted for
further examination. It will take at least two weeks to get back
full results of the necropsy - or animal autopsy. Trainer Larry
Jones says those tests will prove the filly was not on steroids.
Eight Belles was euthanized on the track at Churchill Downs
after galloping about a quarter-mile past the finish line.

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