FROM Jon Weinbach
The Predictable Demise of Eight Belles Two years ago it was Barbaro after the Preakness. Saturday, it was Eight Belles , after a heroic second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Racehorses of extraordinary promise, which had to be put down just as their careers were getting underway. Twenty of Saturday's Kentucky-Derby entrants were descended from one horse , Native Dancer. Ankles are the tragic flaw of that extended family. Jon Weinbach is sports-business reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
Horse Racing's Hapsburgs Run for the Roses Native Dancer failed to win the Kentucky Derby in 1953, but his bloodline is now found in 75% of all thoroughbred horses. The last 13 Kentucky Derby winners were his descendents, and in tomorrow's race all 20 of the entrants are related to him. But there's a tragic flaw in the gene pool. That raises some disturbing questions, according to Jon Weinbach of the Wall Street Journal .
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