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Wednesday, July 30, 2008Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
Round Table Conference to Spotlight Thoroughbred Safety Committee

The Jockey Clubís Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June issued its initial recommendations calling for the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs and a series of whip-related reforms, will provide an update on its activities and announce additional recommendations when The Jockey Clubís 56th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes Sunday, August 17, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The program will be devoted almost exclusively to equine health and safety, medication and Thoroughbred breeding.

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee is a standing committee of The Jockey Club that was formed in May to review every facet of equine health and to formulate recommended actions to be taken by the industry to improve health and safety in Thoroughbred racing. The committee has received widespread industry support and its initial recommendations have been endorsed by numerous organizations.

In addition to Stuart Janney III, chairman of the Thoroughbred Safety Committee, speakers at the Round Table Conference will include:

  • Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board
  • Dr. Larry Bramlage, co-owner of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and a member of the Thoroughbred Safety Committee.
  • Bill Casner, president and co-owner of WinStar Farm
  • Alan Foreman, chairman and CEO of the Thoroughbred Horsemenís Associations Inc.
  • Jim Gagliano, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for The Jockey Club
  • David Haydon, president of InCompass Solutions Inc.
  • James J. Hickey Jr., president of the American Horse Council
  • Matt Iuliano, vice president of registration services for The Jockey Club
  • Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

A transcript of the Round Table Conference will be available on The Jockey Clubís website a few days after the event. The website is located at http://www.jockeyclub.com The Jockey Club Round Table Conference was first held on July 1, 1953, in The Jockey Club office in New York City. The following year, it was moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where it has been held every August since.