PETA wants Eight Belles jockey suspended after filly's death
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking the suspension of Eight Belles' jockey after the filly had to be euthanized following her second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Gabriel Saez was riding Eight Belles when she broke both front ankles while galloping out a quarter of a mile past the wire. She was euthanized on the track.
PETA faxed a letter Sunday to Kentucky's racing authority claiming the filly was "doubtlessly injured before the finish" and asked that Saez be suspended while Eight Belles' death is investigated. Read More
Not surprisingly, PETA is using this tragedy to promote their agenda. To suggest that a jockey riding at this level would not have noticed a problem is ridiculous. There are inherent dangers in horse racing and unfortunately they lost a horse in this year’s derby.