Today, after lengthy discussions with the Jockeys' Guild Board of Directors and its management, the Jockeys' Guild announced its support for the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA). This federal legislation is moving through Congress and would create a national agency run by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the group that runs medication control programs for America's Olympic teams and others.
“The Horseracing Integrity Act will give the industry the first uniform set of rules, including penalties and investigation standards,” said Terry Meyocks, president and CEO of the Jockeys' Guild. “This bill creates uniformity and is the solution to create a level playing field, eliminating illegal drug abuse and protecting jockeys and horses alike.”
“For too long, horse racing has been regulated by a diffused and ineffective system of more than 30 different racing jurisdictions,” said Shawn Smeallie, executive director of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI). “The Jockeys' Guild's formal endorsement of the Horseracing Integrity Act will help pass the bill in Congress. The industry is rallying around the HIA, and the Jockeys' Guild is an important voice of support.”
The Guild is committed to continuing to work with Congress and industry leaders, such as The Jockey Club, to address issues of similar and mutual concerns, including improving standards for jockeys, horses, and the industry as a whole.
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