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Monday, October 26, 2015Contact: Caroline Roth (630) 217-1012

Leading Canadian racing group announces support for reforms to medication testing and enforcement in American Thoroughbred racing.

October 26, 2015 The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today the Jockey Club of Canada (JCC) has joined as a member. The JCC is the second international racing group to join the coalition, bringing additional support from another jurisdiction which has already implemented the type of uniform, high standards for medication testing and enforcement that supporters seek to achieve in the United States.

“The border between Canada and the U.S. is one crossed by thousands of racehorses each year,” said Jeff Begg, Chief Steward of the Jockey Club of Canada. “The members of the Jockey Club of Canada are eager to see medication reforms in the U.S. that will provide certainty and a level playing field no matter what state or track they’re headed to.”

The Jockey Club of Canada oversees the Thoroughbred breeding registry and graded stakes racing in Canada, and is responsible for the annual Sovereign Awards program and the Canadian Graded Stakes Committee. JCC represents Canada at the annual International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities Conference.

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, which would authorize an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to create uniform, high standards in drug and medication testing and enforcement for Thoroughbred horse racing.

The coalition’s membership includes major racing organizations, animal welfare groups, racing and wagering facilities and a grassroots organization with over 1,100 owners, trainers, breeders, and racing professionals.

Additional information, including a list of coalition members, stories from supporters and ways to contact Congress to express support for this legislation, is available at