Statement by The Jockey Club President

By James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club:
“The Jockey Club had no knowledge of the bill that Senator Udall and Representative Pitts announced April 30 or advance notice that it was going to be introduced. We are disappointed that they have decided to take this approach. The Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 is the lifeblood of the industry, and we strongly oppose any effort to repeal it.

“The Jockey Club believes that medication reform in the Thoroughbred industry will come about only with insight and cooperation from industry stakeholders, and we will continue to work with legislative leaders and Thoroughbred industry groups to develop and implement uniform rules and penalties that further ensure the safety of our athletes and the integrity of our sport. As an organization, The Jockey Club firmly believes that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication.”