What Would You Fix First? Martin Panza


Martin Panza | Horsephotos

For the past few weeks, we have been running a series of responses to The Jockey Club's proposed cap on a stallion's book at 140 mares. Many people expressed the feeling that there were more pressing problems to which the industry should attend. So we asked a group of respondents, `What would you fix first?'

To name a few: we need uniform rules, we need to address the super trainer, we need to address workers compensation, and we should figure out how horses can run more often.
We need uniform medication rules so that when people go from state to state, the rules are the same. We need better drug testing and more uniform drug testing so that each lab is testing at the same levels. That way a positive in New York is also a positive in Arkansas and a positive in Florida.

To get something done federally, I think a governing body would be difficult to do. I think it would be best if the major tracks can get together and agree upon some major reforms and how to put those reforms in place.

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