Thoroughbred racing should continue its pursuit of federal legislation for the purpose of reforming the industry’s medication rules, many speakers agreed during The Jockey Club’s 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing.

That sentiment was echoed by Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky; Olympic track and field great and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Chairman Edwin Moses; and James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club who was speaking on behalf of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, at the conference, held Aug. 9 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

A video replay of the entire two-hour conference is now available on jockeyclub.com and full transcripts will be available by Monday evening on the same site.

Beshear said Kentucky has previously endorsed and embraced the need for broad-based reform, a national medication regulatory authority, and a system that responds quickly to address ever-changing trends in the drug landscape.

“Our collective experiences over the last several decades have demonstrated that individual state racing commissions cannot get this job done,” he said. “The only way to achieve these changes is through federal legislation.”

He made reference to HR 3084, a bill known as the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, which was introduced by Representatives Andy Barr of Kentucky and Paul Tonko of New York last month.

“Thorny issues need to be discussed and worked through,” he said.

Moses likened the situation in Thoroughbred raci