New Website for Regulatory Reform

From The Jockey Club
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Apr. 24, 2013) -- The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today announced the launch of horseracingreform.org, an advocacy and information website designed to promote improved regulatory standards for horse racing. The site replaces cleanhorseracing.org.

“Over the course of the last year we have seen tangible progress in the area of medication reform — as evidenced by the Mid-Atlantic states’ adoption of a uniform medication policy, the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s approval of a controlled therapeutic medication schedule, and increased movement toward RMTC accreditation of drug-testing labs,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “As the horse racing industry moves toward improved and uniform regulations, horseracingreform.org will provide important benchmark information, such as state-by-state summaries of medication rules and safety requirements.”

Cleanhorseracing.org, launched in May 2012, featured news, videos, scientific studies and commentary in support of medication-free racing. Horseracingreform.org expands on those features and includes additional information pertaining to:

  • The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee
  • The regulatory rulings database (thoroughbredrulings.com)
  • State-by-state summaries of medication rules and safety requirements
  • Details on TOBA’s medication- and safety-related programs
  • Ongoing work of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit committees

The state-by-state graphic summary of medication rules and penalties in all racing states provides users with an efficient means to review regulations. Also included is a timeline charting industrywide medication- and safety-reform initiatives that have been launched since 2006.

“The industry has made great strides in reform over the past several years,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “TOBA is proud to continue its collaboration with The Jockey Club, and we are continuously striving to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of owners and breeders with initiatives like the Horse Racing Reform website.”

“We have added a great deal of new content and the new name covers a broader scope of activities and more accurately conveys what we are trying to accomplish,” said Gagliano. “We believe that the objective, factual information on this website will enable visitors to learn more about reform issues and take action to encourage change.”