Thursday, October 08, 2015

Statement by Keeneland Regarding Uniform Medication Policies

Statement by Keeneland Regarding Uniform Medication Policies

In a year that our industry and all of our participants are enjoying incredible excitement in racing, medication issues continue to dominate discussions. It is evident that a collective resolution to medication issues is essential for racing to continue the momentum we are experiencing in this historic year.

With the lack of action among many state jurisdictions with regard to uniform medication policies, it is apparent that federal legislation is necessary to provide our industry with a level playing field across all borders as well as adequate testing measures to ensure the integrity of our sport. That is why Keeneland is proud to publicly support HR 3084 and become a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.

We have listened to our racing patrons and horsemen, all of whom deserve uniform standards across all jurisdictions which provide a product to our fans that will allow the sport to grow and thrive.

As the world’s leading marketplace for Thoroughbreds, we have also listened to our sales clients, domestically and internationally, and this legislation is essential to providing the uniformity and transparency that our consignors and buyers want and deserve.

We have already seen the positive effects of the constructive dialogue that has resulted from the filing of this legislation, and look forward to continuing to work with all members of our industry on this critical initiative so important for the future vitality of our sport.

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