Horse Owner Defends Action

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday May 5, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The trainer of euthanized filly Eight
Belles says his jockey handled the horse properly during her
second-place finish at the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Larry Jones told The Associated Press on Monday that if
the Derby were run again tomorrow, he'd put jockey Gabriel Saez
right back on one of his horses. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for the suspension of Saez. The group says the horse must have been injured during the race, and Saez should have pulled her up rather than finish. But Jones says Saez acted exactly as he should have. He says the jockey started whipping the horse to prevent her from running into the rail.

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