Jockey Club’s 2017 Round Table Meeting in the Books

Topics covered included the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommendations, and more.
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Thoroughbred breeder and owner Barbara Banke, who, along with her late husband, Jess Jackson, has been a longtime advocate for reform in various aspects of the racing and breeding industries, threw her support behind the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 at The Jockey Club’s 65th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. The event took place Aug. 13, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Banke is the chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, the nation’s largest seller of premium wines, and owner of Stonestreet, a Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation based in Lexington, Kentucky.

“My family and I are vested, financially and emotionally, in the healthy future of this industry and that is why I support the Horseracing Integrity Act,” she said. “To win in the long term, we must demonstrate to both new and future racing fans that our industry acts with integrity and elevated standards of care to protect the health of our athletes.”

The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (HR 2651), introduced by Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) in May, would require that a uniform, anti-doping and medication control program be developed and enforced by a private nonprofit self-regulatory organization known as the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority. The authority would be governed by a board composed of the chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), six individuals from the USADA board, and six individuals selected by USADA who have demonstrated expertise in a variety of horse-racing areas

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