|Sunday, August 17, 2008||Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326|
|US racing industry to propose more safety measures|
The Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June recommended the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs and a series of whip-related reforms, has issued four additional recommendations pertaining to drug testing and laboratory standards, uniform penalties for drug rules and prohibited practices violations, TCO2 testing, and a national system to report injuries during both racing and training.
These latest recommendations were announced today by committee chairman Stuart S. Janney III at The Jockey Club’s 56th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Thoroughbred Safety Committee is a standing committee of The Jockey Club that was formed on May 8 to review every facet of equine health and to formulate recommended actions to be taken by the industry to improve health and safety in Thoroughbred racing.
The following are some of the recommendations' highlights.
In regard to drug testing and laboratory standards, the committee calls for the creation of a task force to:
At their meeting on Saturday, The Jockey Club Board of Stewards agreed to underwrite the cost of developing the business plan referred to above.
In regard to uniform penalties for drug rules and prohibited practices violations, the committee calls for:
In regard to TCO2 testing, the committee calls for:
In regard to the Equine Injury Database system developed by The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc. and InCompass Solutions Inc., the committee calls for:
“Medication issues continue to haunt this industry and they are and will continue to be a priority for this committee, as evidenced by several of today’s recommendations,” said Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of the Thoroughbred Safety Committee. “We once again vigorously encourage the respective industry organizations to act on these recommendations in a timely manner.”
In addition to Janney, the Thoroughbred Safety Committee includes John Barr, James G. (Jimmy) Bell, Dr. Larry Bramlage, Donald R. Dizney, Dell Hancock and Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr. Each is a member of The Jockey Club.
The committee will continue to meet going forward to investigate and discuss additional recommendations on other critical issues.
In addition, The Jockey Club today launched a specially dedicated section on its website that contains all of the committee’s recommendations, resulting actions and more. It is accessible through the Safety Initiatives icon on The Jockey Club’s home page at http://www.jockeyclub.com.
This morning’s Round Table Conference was devoted almost exclusively to equine health and safety, medication and Thoroughbred breeding. A transcript of the conference will be available within the next few days on The Jockey Club’s website at http://www.jockeyclub.com.
The Jockey Club Round Table Conference was first held on July 1, 1953, in The Jockey Club office in New York City. The following year, it was moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where it has been held every August since.