Public Forum Set for Task Force Recommendations

A public forum on preliminary recommendations by the Sales Integrity Task Force to the Kentucky legislature on auction transparency issues will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The 36-member task force, which comprises individuals connected to both the buying and selling sides of the industry, including breeds other than Thoroughbreds, in February was given charge of evaluating proposed Kentucky legislation that sought to establish standards on ownership and medical disclosures for sale horses.

The forum will include a presentation by several participants on the task force as well as a period to take questions from the audience, according to a news release issued Oct. 4 by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, which governs the task force.

“The task force has been diligent in its efforts to address a number of important and specific issues and we believe that the recommendations are thorough and sound,” Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and moderator of the Sales Integrity Task Force, said in the release. “We also believe that it is important to reach out to the equine community to consider (its) comments on the task force’s recommendations before anything is finalized.”

The task force has delivered two public updates to members of the state legislature, the first on June 19 in Erlanger, Ky., and the most recent one on Sept. 13 at Keeneland.

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