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US Experts Attack Breeding Trends 3
Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins described Eight Belles's legs as "champagne-glass ankles" & highlighted the issue: "Is horse racing breeding itself to death? The camera cut away from her, but it should have stayed on her. Eight Belles had run herself half to death & now the vets were finishing the job as she lay on her side, her beautiful figure a black hump on the track. Modern thoroughbreds are bred for extreme speed, maybe to the point of endangerment. Thoroughbreds are muscularly more powerful than ever, but their bone skeletons seem to be getting lighter & frail."