An ad hoc group of horse racing jockeys and others called for several reforms in the racing community yesterday. Formed after the Kentucky Derby dramatic death of eight Belles, the group called for the banning of anabolic steroids as well as several other measures. To the WaPo:
A committee organized by the Jockey Club last month after the death of filly Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby issued its first recommendations yesterday, including the elimination of anabolic steroids in the training and racing of thoroughbreds.
The seven-member committee, which included prominent breeder Stuart Janney III as well as leading veterinarian Larry Bramlage, also pressed for the ban of shoes called "toe grabs" -- which are believed to cause extra pressure on a horse's front legs -- and reforms for the design and use of whips.
While the recommendations are not binding, committee members said they have broad support from industry groups that could enact the changes, which are targeted for implementation by Dec. 31.
The announcement of the recommendations came two days before a House subcommittee on commerce, trade, and consumer protection is scheduled to hold a hearing examining breeding, drugs and breakdowns in racing.
Much heat coming down on the horse racing industy. Interesting that Big Brown, the Kentucky Derby winner, will be back on the juice.