September 9, 2012 12:00 AM

A surgical assist to creating the perfect horse

As the September Yearling Sale gets set to begin at Keeneland this week, it won't always be easy to tell which Thoroughbreds came by their good looks naturally and which ones had a little help. Exactly how often corrective surgeries are done, whether their disclosure should be mandatory, and the impact they have had on the well-being of the breed continue to inspire debate even as the practice has been accepted as routine.

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