Standardbred Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy W. Takter has joined WHOA.
In a statement to WHOA, Takter said: “Finally we have an organization that can improve our business and sport. God created a wonderful animal in the horse, that we have the pleasure to work with on a daily bases. In return it is our responsibility to care for these horses and to treat them with respect.
Horse racing is a costly business and I understand that through very competitive competition revenue needs to be generated to sustain the cost involved. Performance enhancing drugs are not the means to improve one's chances of competitiveness. Performance drugs jeopardize the health of horses and human participants and the confidence of the betting public.
In order for horse racing to thrive, we need uniform rules/laws and uniform enforcement of these rules/laws in The United States. The Horseracing Integrity Act can give us that.
I am very proud to be joining the efforts of WHOA.”
Takter is one of the world's leading trainers of Standardbred horses. Elected to the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, he is a six-time trainer of the year and the trainer of 33 Breeders Crown Champions.