Tempers flared and the discussion grew heated regarding a proposal that would prevent the shipment of horses from tracks to slaughter facilities at a recent meeting of the Illinois Racing Board Nov. 17.
The Blood-Horse reports that during the debate, board member Kathy Byrne, who was the sponsor of the proposal, withdrew it from consideration and announced her resignation from the board.
Despite strong support from both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horsemen's groups, Arlington International chairman Richard Duchossois remained uncertain of the liability the new rules would impose on racetracks. Duchossios said that while he “supports the goal” of the proposal, he wanted more clarification.
Michael Pieczonka, the attorney for the racing board, said that his interpretation was that the rules “would impose liability on tracks” and that current existing rules could be used to achieve those goals instead. According to the Blood-Horse, that sparked a heated exchange that resulted in Kathy Byrne withdrawing the proposal and announcing her resignation.
No further action was taken on the matter, since the proposal was withdrawn from consideration. However, board members were told that the measure could be reintroduced at the next meeting in December.
Read more in the Blood-Horse
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