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Tuesday, May 15, 2012Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
The Jockey Club Releases Letter to New York State Racing and Wagering Board

The Jockey Club today released a copy of an eight-page letter it submitted to the New York State Racing and Wagering board on Monday, May 14, 2012.

The letter, signed by Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, describes the services The Jockey Club provides to the Thoroughbred industry and reiterates the organization’s longstanding belief that horses should compete only when free from the influence of medication.

The New York State Racing & Wagering Board had solicited “comments concerning the use and regulation of Lasix for racehorses and equine drug policy in general.” Included with the request were seven questions.

A copy of The Jockey Club’s letter, including responses to the state’s seven questions, is attached and is also available from The Jockey Club website (

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms.

Letter to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board