Following is a statement from James L. Gagliano, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Jockey Club.
“The Jockey Club applauds Breeders’ Cup Ltd. for its strong stance against anabolic steroids in Thoroughbred racing and training and fully supports measures that will help eliminate steroids from our sport.
“Until that happens, we ask that regulators in all 38 racing jurisdictions adopt the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium’s model rule for out-of-competition testing. The rule mandates that horses treated with any anabolic steroid spend at least six months on a vet’s list, therefore making them ineligible to race.
“We also hope that more racing jurisdictions make use of The Jockey Club’s Graded Stakes Out-of-Competition Testing Grant Fund, which has been available since 2014, but has been severely underutilized.
“In addition, The Jockey Club, through the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, will continue to advocate for federal legislation that will lead to the adoption of a national, uniform standard for drugs and medication in American Thoroughbred racing.”