Jockey Club Supports Racing Reforms in Wake of PETA Investigation

Published by Jennifer O'Connor.

Coming on the heels of PETA’s horse-racing investigation, which exposed the pervasive and allegedly improper use of drugs during training, Ogden Mills Phipps, the owner of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, and the chair of the influential Jockey Club, echoed our call for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to oversee horse racing.

Phipps also called for the veterinary records of every horse competing in this year’s Triple Crown races to be made public immediately. He also said that Steve Asmussen—who was the subject of our investigation, runs the largest horse-racing operation in the U.S., and has multiple drug violations—should not participate in the Derby.

Those are important steps in the right direction—and now the racing industry needs to listen and take action.

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