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.”
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