Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
Horse Racing Authority to consider health, safety issues
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2008) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) at its next meeting will be asked by its chairman to consider forming a work group to review thoroughbred horse racing health and safety concerns.
Robert M. Beck Jr., appointed KHRA chairman last month by Governor Steve Beshear, said the proposed work group will look at several issues and bring recommendations to the authority.
“I envision the group would assemble information that has already been prepared by other organizations and assess the need for additional work on safety issues,” Beck said. “We also want to work with other industry organizations, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys to make improvements to the racing community.”
Beck noted the KHRA has adopted race day medication rules designed to enhance the health and welfare of the horse, as well as protect the integrity of horse racing in the state. KHRA veterinarians currently perform race day leg exams for horses and review health records for potential health problems.
Various organizations have been working on health and safety concerns regarding thoroughbred horse racing the past several years. The Jockey Club and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation worked together for 2006 and 2008 summits on the issues of welfare and safety.
The KHRA is scheduled to meet May 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.