Racing must examine itself in wake of another on-track death

Updated: May 5, 2008, 2:53 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

A bad step.

That's the most common explanation given in thoroughbred racing when a horse breaks down: It was just a bad step. A sad thing, but a fluke thing.

An unpredictable thing, they say. An unpreventable thing, they insist.

There is some truth to that. Sometimes, even the greatest of care cannot prevent a tragedy. The physics of race horses leaves their very existences fraught with peril: large, muscular animals running very fast on very thin legs. Bad steps do ...

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