PETA requests that Eight Belles jockey Gabriel Saez be euthanized

NORFOLK, Va. (Ucs News) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is demanding the jockey of Eight Belles jockey be euthanized after the filly had to be put down following her second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Gabriel Saez was riding Eight Belles when she broke both front ankles while galloping out a quarter of a mile past the wire. She was euthanized on the track.

PETA faxed a letter Sunday to Kentucky’s racing authority claiming the filly was “doubtlessly injured before the finish” and asked that Saez be euthanized while Eight Belles’ death is investigated.

“What we really want to know, did he feel anything along the way?” PETA spokeswoman Kathy Guillermo said. “If he didn’t then we can probably blame the fact that they’re allowed to whip the horses mercilessly.”

At the very least maybe Saez should be whipped mercilessly?