Breeders Speak Out in Favor of Kentucky Medication Changes

More than 100 Kentucky-based breeders have come out in support of new equine medication and related penalties proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Arthur Hancock III of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., sent breeders copies of a

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More than 100 Kentucky-based breeders have come out in support of new equine medication and related penalties proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.


Arthur Hancock III of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., sent breeders copies of a letter he wrote to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and its executive, director Jim Gallagher. As of Oct. 28, Hancock said 93% of the approximately 125 breeders contacted had replied in support of the letter.


“The encouraging thing about it is so many small breeders deeply support it,” Hancock said of the push for uniform medication rules and enhanced penalties. “I’m really energized by that. For the past three years, some of the best minds in the country have been formulating a uniform medication policy. We need it.”


In his letter to the KHRA, Hancock said Kentucky owners and breeders embrace the new policies because they provide “a level playing field for participants, instill confidence in racing fans, and promote the integrity of horse racing in the commonwealth

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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