Questions loom over horse racing – Times Union
The Jockey Club, the national organization dedicated to the improvement of thoroughbred breeding and racing, released its own reformed racing medication rules at the end of March and encouraged all thoroughbred racing jurisdictions to implement them.
Their rules would have stronger penalties for repeat violations. Besides fines, they suggest lifetime suspensions. And horses would only be allowed to compete when completely free from influences of medication, a rule already followed in most other countries with horse racing.
“That is what we aspire to,” said Jim Gagliano, the president of the Jockey Club. “Our research of racing fans indicates there is a very low tolerance of sporting events — horse racing in particular — that are affected by drugs.”