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Fri May 3, 2013
Sports

Five Years After Eight Belles' Death in the Kentucky Derby, Race-Related Fatalities Decline

Trainer Larry Jones was riding high for 24 hours. In 2008, Jones’ Proud Spell won the Kentucky Oaks. In the Kentucky Derby, his entry was Eight Belles—a horse that became a focus of attention. She’d performed well in workouts, but she was also vying to become just the fourth filly to win the sports' most famous race in 134 tries.

Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
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