Congress Gets Involved In Racing Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress expects to hold a hearing next month
on thoroughbred racing, looking into horse safety and other issues
following the death of Eight Belles.
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer
Protection sent letters last week to several industry leaders,
asking for their views on the sport.
Eight Belles broke down shortly after finishing second in the
Kentucky Derby earlier this month. The filly was euthanized on the
track.
Subcommittee chairman Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Rep. Ed
Whitfield, R-Ky., said they expect to hold the hearing in June.
The death at Churchill Downs "raises serious questions about
the care and treatment of Eight Belles, and other young fillies
like her, and whether adequate preventive measures are in place to
prevent similar incidents in the future," Rush said Tuesday.


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