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NTRA health and safety reforms outlined

17 October 2008

NEW YORK -- As reported by Bloodhorse: "The National Thoroughbred Racing Association officially unveiled series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor.

"...The reforms, which largely stemmed from the breakdown of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in May, are uniform medication rules for each state; a ban on steroids in racing; out-of-competition testing for blood-doping agents; uniform penalties for drug infractions; mandatory on-track and non-racing injury reporting; mandatory installation of an inner safety rail at tracks; mandatory pre- and post-race testing; and implementation of placement programs for Thoroughbreds that can no longer compete.

"The reforms were approved by the NTRA board of directors in September. Fifty-four racetracks, horsemen's groups, and other organizations have signed on, with more expected. Members must sign the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Pledge,

"...The NTRA plans to address wagering security as the alliance expands, and also will seek involvement by the Quarter Horse and Standardbred industries..."

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