Jockeys' Guild Supports Medication Reform

Guild supports Jockey Club's Reformed Racing Medication Rules but not Lasix ban.

Citing potential to improve safety for riders, membership of the Jockeys' Guild voted to support tightening of medication rules and penalties Jan. 29 at its annual Assembly in Hollywood, Fla.

Members passed a resolution supporting The Jockey Club's Reformed Racing Medication Rules, including a two-category medication classification, progressive points-style penalties, and reciprocity among jurisdictions.

The Guild does not support ending the use of race-day furosemide; the resolution states: "No race-day medication shall be permitted with the exception of Lasix, which should be administered by an independent regulatory veterinarian."

"Our unanimous vote to support these rules should send a strong signal that the Jockeys' Guild is united in efforts to make racing safer for both jockeys and horses," Guild chairman John Velazquez said.  "This is our livelihood, and we strongly encourage these efforts which will strengthen the integrity of racing."

In addition, Guild members elected two new active jockeys to serve on the board of directors. Mike Smith and Joe Bravo are replacing Jerry LaSala and Perry Compton on the board.

The membership also re-elected the Guild's officers, including Velazquez, chairman; G.R. Carter, vice chairman; Rodney Prescott, secretary; and Joel Campbell, treasurer.

"All members are extremely grateful for the efforts Jerry LaSala and Perry Compton have contributed to the board over the past several years," Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said. "We look forward to their continued involvement in Guild initiatives in the future."