Jim Gagliano

Jockey Club Announces 2020-2021 Academic Scholarship Recipients

Grace Clark has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Scholarship and Eric DeCoster has been selected to receive The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship, The Jockey Club announced Tuesday. The Jockey Club Scholarship provides $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to a student who is pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher at any university and has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry. The Jockey Club Jack Goodman Scholarship awards $6,000 ($3,000 per semester) annually to a student at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP)...

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A Simple Fix: Race When Others Aren’t

Our economies, our businesses, our families have all been affected in some way by this pandemic. Major sports were hit especially hard. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and even the summer Olympics and Wimbledon had to cancel or postpone their schedules. The same was true for horse racing, but because of its unique nature, horse racing was able to resume long before other major sports, although without the benefit of spectators. The Jockey Club and Breeders' Cup spearheaded an industrywide collaboration to position horse racing as a viable and entertaining...

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Thoroughbred Safety Committee Announces 2020 Safety Protocols

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced three new recommendations to the industry to further improve the health, welfare, and safety of its equine athletes. The recommendations call for: - Increased self-reporting statistics from the Equine Injury Database - Mandatory stand-down period for horses in the care of trainers determined to be in possession of or intending to administer illegal substances to racehorses - Banning the presence of clenbuterol in Thoroughbred racehorses and Thoroughbreds consigned for public auction The full text of the recommendations can be found on The Jockey Club website....

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After the Feds Are Gone, Then What?

The FBI and the Department of Justice have done what the horse racing industry had failed to do for decades. They caught and are prosecuting high-profile trainers for doping infractions as part of an investigation that has finally torn the lid off of what had been the shadowy and secretive world inhabited by racing's cheaters. The entire industry owes a debt of gratitude to these agencies. The problem is, it's not the FBI's job to clean up horse racing. It has more important matters to deal with. There may be...

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Jockey Club Donates Over $750K to Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory

The Jockey Club has completed a contribution of more than $750,000 from its commercial businesses to the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory (RSTL) for equipment and other assets to expand services to additional racetracks across North America, the organization announced Tuesday. The need to increase and sustain the future of research and innovation in track safety testing by the RSTL was expressed by Dr. Nancy Cox, dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky, at The Jockey Club's Aug. 11, 2019, Round Table Conference. Following Dr. Cox's remarks last...

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Applications Open for TJC Scholarships

Applications for two college scholarships offered by The Jockey Club totaling $21,000 are now open. The pair of scholarships will be awarded for the academic year beginning in the fall of 2020. First awarded in 2017, The Jockey Club Scholarship offers $7,500 per semester to a student pursuing a bachelor's or higher degree at any university and has demonstrated an interest in a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry. Criteria to be considered for The Jockey Club Scholarship include career aspirations, activities involving the equine or Thoroughbred industry and high...

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