Edited Press Releases
The Jockey Club applauds the creation of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. The new group seeks to become a transparent source of safety information and best practices and will set up new safety standards for the participating tracks, which comprise the majority of major tracks in the United States.
“The Jockey Club supports the aims of this coalition and believes that its efforts will improve equine health,” said Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, adding, “the entire racing industry needs to get on board for these proposals to have maximum impact.”
“The coalition's agenda will make racing safer for horse and rider,” continued Gagliano. “Initiatives that capitalize upon the various safety databases are solid initiatives. Clearly, there is a lot of work to do and we're pleased to see this group of racetrack organizations and the Breeders' Cup working together.”
Dr. Jeff Berk, President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), issued a statement of support, saying: “As doctors of veterinary medicine, the AAEP commends the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition for its wide-ranging initiatives to ensure the safety of the sport's equine and human athletes. Everyone in the horse racing industry shares responsibility for safety, from veterinarians and trainers to breeders, owners, racetracks and state regulators. The focused and collaborative effort of the Coalition promises meaningful safety reforms in the years ahead.”