LEXINGTON, Ky. - Eight Belles had no pre-existing bone abnormalities that caused the filly to break down after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby.
Autopsy results reviewed by the Associated Press yesteday confirm compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints. They also describe lacerated skin on both legs, an absence of joint fluid in the damaged areas, congested lungs and hemorrhaging in the left thyroid gland. The filly's head also was bruised. *