A year after second-place finisher Eight Belles had to be euthanized following the Kentucky Derby, safety has improved—but the inherent dangers of horse racing remain immutable, MSNBC reports. The industry has altered the rules regarding steroids, whips, and horseshoes, "but the bottom line is, not a lot of change," said a congressman critical of the sport's decentralized structure.
A prominent owner says that's missing the point, and the sport has come a long way since Eight Belles, a popular filly, broke both ankles in last year's Run for the Roses. "I think it was very important that the industry demonstrate to itself that it could get … on a winning path,” said Stuart Janney III. “It has done so in the past year."