LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There's something about the sun, the strength and the stretch.
Thoroughly bred for speed, 1,200 pounds of power on four puny ankles. The odd mix of fragility with ability as they go 0 to 40 in a couple of jumps.
The problem is, they can go 40 to 0 just as fast.
After the 2015 Kentucky Derby 5th place finisher Danzig Moon went down at Woodbine in June with a broken leg, he was put down. Last year, 583 thoroughbreds were euthanized on North American race tracks.
Two out of every 1,000 times thoroughbreds start a race, they'll be finished, before they finish.
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Despite all the miracles performed every day at equine hospitals across America all the drilling and sewing and ultra-sounding, you never see a thoroughbred in a prosthetic leg.
One vet's been trying for decades to turn the horse world upside down.
"The options are there to do an amputation with a prosthetic," Dr. Ric Redden said.