Gural: Changes in whip rules coming at Meadowlands

by | 03.15.2012 | 4:42pm

In a column Thursday that notes the cancellation of Luck as a “black eye for horse racing,” Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural also says he's been in contact with Kathy Guillermo, Vice President of PETA, regarding concerns over whip use at the New Jersey track and the problem of illegal drugs in harness racing.  Gural writes:

“I am pleased to report that I have met with the drivers and judges and we are in the process of making changes to the whipping rules at the Meadowlands and possibly the type of whips used in an effort to convince PETA that the horses are not being abused.”

“I have agreed with PETA that once we resolve the whipping issue we would then focus on the drug issue as I believe they can be a positive force in getting the government, including the state police and racing commission to put more resources in place to solve this problem.”

  • Big Red

    Bravo Mr Gural for taking the lead on this !!!!!!
    Now this guy gets it !
    Are you listening Mr Stronach ???

  • wallyhorse

    Gural has gotten it for quite a while.  He is pushing for all kinds of changes that the Triple Crown track operators need to follow and expand on, most notably requiring horses to race in Harness Racing through age four with progeny of stallions who were four or younger when conceived ineligible for major stakes at The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs and Woodbine Entertainment Group has followed suit on this for (Harness) stakes at Woodbine and Mohawk.  The Triple Crown track operators need to pick up and expand on this to go to age five, as that would force many changes in the breeding of thoroughbreds that even eliminating Lasix and other drugs won’t do to improve the breed as horses then have to be bred for durability and stamina.

  • Gfpowell

    Way to go Mr. Gural

  • Merasmag

    i hope they concentrate on type of whip rather than relying on counting times used…that has pretty much been proven knot2work

  • Satch

    As far as I can tell, Jeff Gural is the only person in the horse racing industry who thinks like an outsider and has the power to implement changes like an insider.  Surprised that the Thoroughbred industry hasn’t tried to recruit him away from the Standardbreds, given that they have more money.

  • George

    Mr. Gural is dealing with PETA ,this shows that he does not  “get it” . Bowing to animal rights extreamists does nothing to help horses or horse racing.

  • Allynn


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