The Water Hay Oats Alliance issued the following press release Monday:
Gary Stevens, a Hall of Fame Jockey and a long time member of the Water Hay Oats Alliance, is calling for reform.
“It's time for a revolution to save our sport. And it has to happen ASAP!
I believe good things can happen when mistakes are made. I was taught it's okay to make mistakes but don't make the same mistake twice. We have been making the same mistakes for decades in our industry. It's time to correct that and take responsibility for our mistakes and right the ship we are sailing.
The Horseracing Integrity Act can put us on the right course by turning the issue of drugs and medication in U.S. horse racing over to an independent expert on the subject. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) functions under the international WADA code and practices under the highest rules of independence and integrity.”
Stevens has been on the forefront of reform since 2012 when he testified before a Pennsylvania Field Hearing on the Health of Jockeys and Horses in Horseracing. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health's hearing entitled “A Review of Efforts to Protect Jockeys and Horses in Horseracing” examined what reforms, if any, had been made in the horse racing industry to protect jockeys, horses, and the integrity of the sport.
Most recently Stevens appeared on CBS This Morning which originally aired on Saturday, November 30th. When commenting on the need for national racing reform, he said “It's gotta happen or they are done here. Period. And if they're done here, it's going to be a tidal wave across the United States.”
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