Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Joins Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity
Friday, June 26, 2015 Share on Facebook RSS Feeds

 For Immediate Release
June 24, 2015

Contact: Chauncey Morris
Executive Director, KTA/KTOB
(859) 381-1414
[email protected] 

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Joins Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity 

Kentucky’s horsemen’s group and trade association announces support for federal legislation that grants oversight of drug testing and enforcement in Thoroughbred racing to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. 

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity is pleased to announce today that the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders have joined as members, adding to the wave of support for national oversight of uniform medication standards in Thoroughbred racing.  The Coalition’s membership also includes the Jockey Club, the Water Hay Oats Alliance, Breeders’ Cup, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association.

“The Thoroughbred horse breeding & racing industry is a major part of Kentucky’s  economy and rich history, and we believe consistent medication administration and enforcement regulations are necessary to preserve this tradition,” said Chauncey Morris, executive director of KTA.  “Our directors appreciate the fact that the Coalition and its legislative partners have considered our input and will ensure that industry oversight is tough, fair, and accountable for implementing an effective and efficient anti-doping program, and voted unanimously on June 17th to support the legislation. The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity has produced the best solution yet for a path forward for this great American sport.”

The Coalition supports legislation that will direct the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create an independent, Thoroughbred racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to work collaboratively with state racing commissions and their respective staff members throughout the country.  KTA/KTOB has already played an integral role in advocating for effectiveness and accountability reviews to ensure that these reforms are successfully implemented, as well as in encouraging further industry collaboration on costs, violations and penalties.

“We are immensely proud to welcome the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association into our ranks,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “The growth of the Coalition points to the importance of our goal – modernizing horse racing’s drug and medication regulations to provide certainty and safety for our participants and fans.”

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders are a horseman’s group and trade association representing the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry in Kentucky. Kentucky is the biggest producer of Thoroughbred foals in the world, responsible for 34% of the US foal crop, the largest concentration of stallions, veterinary practices and breeding farms, and is home to the leading yearling and breeding stock sales, premier race meetings at Keeneland and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and year-round racing at Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs.

Millions of people participate annually in American Thoroughbred racing as owners, trainers, veterinarians and industry support professionals, and as fans and bettors. The industry contributes $25 billion to the U.S. economy annually and generates 380,000 domestic jobs, with 38 states participating in pari-mutuel racing.

Additional information, including stories from supporters and ways to contact Congressional members to express support for this legislation, is available at www.horseracingintegrity.com

Comment on this article