KHRA Considers Health and Safety Panel

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, at its meeting May 19, will consider forming a working group to review Thoroughbred health and safety concerns.

Robert Beck Jr., appointed KHRA chairman by Gov. Steve Beshear in late April, said the proposed working group would look at several issues and bring recommendations to the authority.

“I envision the group would assemble information that has already been prepared by other organizations, and assess the need for additional work on safety issues,” Beck said in a May 8 statement. “We also want to work with other industry organizations, owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys to make improvements to the racing community.”

Beck said the KHRA already has adopted race-day medication rules designed to enhance the health and welfare of the horse, as well as protect the integrity of horse racing in the state. KHRA veterinarians currently perform race-day leg exams for horses and review health records for potential problems, he said.

The Jockey Club on May 8 announced formation of a Thoroughbred Safety Committee that will meet May 14. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors will meet May 9 specifically to discuss the fallout from the post-race breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.