A major reform of Equus caballus racing inwards the US is inwards the wind, amongst the Jockey Club calling for a major overhaul of drug exercise together with uniform out-of-competition drug testing, citing the demand for “transparency into the medical treatment, injuries, together with wellness of all racehorses.”
The Jockey Club’s loose today of a white paper calls for comprehensive reform of the US Equus caballus racing industry, following the deaths of 22 racehorses at California’s Santa Anita Park inwards less than 3 months. The Jockey Club wrote that “it would hold upwards a fault to thought the Santa Anita fatalities every bit an isolated province of affairs — spikes inwards the deaths of horses conduct maintain occurred at other tracks together with they volition choke along to move on without pregnant reforms.”
The national racing torso was critical of drug exercise inwards the industry, together with said that misuse tin strength out direct Pb to Equus caballus injuries together with deaths. “Horses aren’t human together with the solely agency they tin strength out state us if something is incorrect is past times reacting to a symptom. If that symptom is masked, the results tin strength out hold upwards devastating.”
And that “we lag behind cheaters together with abusers together with past times the fourth dimension nosotros conduct maintain caught upwards they conduct maintain moved on to the adjacent designer substance.”
The Jockey Club expressed its rigid back upwards for federal legislation citing the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2019, H.R. 1754, which would do a private, independent, Equus caballus racing anti-doping authorization responsible for developing together with administering a nationwide anti-doping together with medication command program. The plan would hold upwards administered past times the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the torso responsible for administering anti-doping programs for human athletes including the US Olympic teams.
“For far likewise long, cheaters conduct maintain been abusing the organization together with the horses are most oft the ones to suffer,” said James L. Gagliano, president together with primary operating officeholder of The Jockey Club.
“It is especially disturbing that at that spot is lilliputian out-of-competition drug testing inwards the United States. US Equus caballus racing lags far behind international standards. It’s fourth dimension nosotros joined the balance of the footing inwards putting inwards house the best measures to protect the wellness together with security of our equine athletes.”
In improver to reforming how drugs are used together with monitored, The Jockey Club is calling for other reforms targeted at wellness of equine athletes, including enhanced race surface analysis, preparation together with race injury reporting, together with industry-wide contributions to aftercare.
“Will nosotros always know the exact crusade of spikes inwards Equus caballus fatalities? Unless at that spot is alter inwards the manufacture that response is, sadly, likely not,” wrote The Jockey Club. “A cardinal to this alter is the requirement of amount transparency into the medical treatment, injuries, together with wellness of all racehorses. Today, nosotros can’t fully come across what is going on amongst a Equus caballus because of differing nation together with rails practices, antiquated practices, together with purposeful deceit most what drugs are given to horses at what times.”