MEDICATION RHETORIC HITTING CYBERSPACE

(Press Release) The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today announced the launch of an advocacy website, cleanhorseracing.org, that is dedicated to the reform of medication rules.

Features of the new educational website include news, videos, scientific studies and commentary in support of medication-free racing, as well as several action-oriented sections that enable industry participants to pledge their support for clean racing by contacting state racing commissions and signing petitions regarding medication reform.

The site will also maintain a substantial social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

“As the momentum continues to grow for a ban on the use of race-day medication in this country, we want to keep all industry stakeholders properly informed,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “This website provides a platform for advocates of medication reform to receive the latest updates and take action. It should also prove to be an invaluable information resource for regulators as they reconsider current medication rules in their respective jurisdictions.”

“More than 75 percent of TOBA members support a measured phase-out of race-day medication,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “Those members, as well as sales companies, prospective buyers and sellers, fans and international organizations, all want to see a true representation of quality that is based solely on a horse’s natural athletic ability.”

(Editor’s Note: For the record, we think that the 75% noted above have an unrealistic view of meat and potatoes horse racing in the United States and the economic engine that supports everyone involved.  As we have also said before, a compromise is in order starting with the continued use of Lasix in overnight racing and a prohibition of all race day medication in graded stakes.)