In a recent column for Sports Illustrated, former California Horse Racing Board chairman David Israel added his voice to the chorus of those calling for a national governing body in horse racing.
Israel urged the Stronach Group, the New York Racing Association, and Churchill Downs Incorporated to put their individual interests aside and sit down at the same table. With the addition of a few boutique race tracks, and the Breeders' Cup, he believes the national league, similar to that in football, could meaningfully regulate safety, medication, wagering interests, track conditions, and race dates among other issues.
Israel further called for “two coherrent race seasons” which run from January until the Belmont, and from June until Breeders' Cup in November.
As a member of a state governing body, Israel acknowledged, “we were more a part of the problem than the solution, because when everyone is in charge, no one is in charge.”
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