The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee has revised its 2016 position on whip use to recommend it be used “to avoid dangerous situations” only, not for encouragement. The committee published its new recommendation on Sunday.
The complete language is below.
“The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules Committee amends, and all regulatory authorities immediately adopt, ARCI Rule 010-035, Article (E)(7) to eliminate the use of the riding crop for encouragement and include new penalty guidelines for breach of the rule. The riding crop shall be used only to avoid dangerous situations to horse and rider. Progressive penalty guidelines incorporate stewards' review, fines, and suspensions for repeat offenders. Regulatory authorities should provide suitable time to educate stakeholders.”
The announcement cited 2019 consumer research indicating increased penalties for violations of whip rules was a top concern among fans and potential fans.
The Thoroughbred Safety Committee also released a recommendation for an electronic management system for veterinary records for jurisdictions that collect them. The Jockey Club has developed a free service to assist in electronic treatment records.
Committee members include Craig R. Fravel (chairman), John Barr, James G. (Jimmy) Bell, Dr. Larry Bramlage, Dell Hancock, Christopher J. McCarron, and Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr. Each is a member of The Jockey Club.
Read the complete recommendations here.
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