PETA wants Eight Belles jockey suspended

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An animal rights group says the jockey who rode Eight Belles in her final race should be suspended.

The filly suffered two broken ankles after finishing second in Saturday's Kentucky Derby and had to be euthanized on the track. She went down a-quarter mile past the wire.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals faxed a letter to Kentucky's racing authority claiming Eight Belles was "doubtlessly injured before the finish" and asking that Gabriel Saez be suspended while the death is investigated.

Trainer Larry Jones disputes PETA's claim, saying Eight Belles was clearly happy when she crossed the finish. He says her ears were up and she was "clearly galloping out."

After an autopsy, the dark gray filly will be cremated. Jones says Churchill Downs has offered a spot if the owner wants to keep her ashes at the famed track.

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