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TOBA, TJC launch medication reform website


May 11, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today announced the launch of an advocacy website, cleanhorseracing.org, that is dedicated to the reform of medication rules.

Features of the new educational website include news, videos, scientific studies and commentary in support of medication-free racing, as well as several action-oriented sections that enable industry participants to pledge their support for clean racing by contacting state racing commissions and signing petitions regarding medication reform.

The site will also maintain a substantial social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

“As the momentum continues to grow for a ban on the use of race-day medication in this country, we want to keep all industry stakeholders properly informed,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “This website provides a platform for advocates of medication reform to receive the latest updates and take action. It should also prove to be an invaluable information resource for regulators as they reconsider current medication rules in their respective jurisdictions.”

“More than 75 percent of TOBA members support a measured phase-out of race-day medication,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “Those members, as well as sales companies, prospective buyers and sellers, fans and international organizations, all want to see a true representation of quality that is based solely on a horse’s natural athletic ability.”