The Board of Directors of the Jockeys’ Guild, which is composed of leading Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys, supports the view that until the research being conducted by the RMTC, AAEP, and Grayson Jockey Club Foundation determines the effects of this drug on young horses, the best course of action is an immediate ban on the use of these medications in horses under four years of age. Many experts believe the use of this drug could make bones more susceptible to fractures. It is always the position of the Jockeys’ Guild that the safety of the horses and jockeys will be the first priority. The Board also calls for improved methods of detection and strict guidelines for its use in horses over four years of age.
About the Guild
Jockeys’ Guild, Inc. is the organization representing professional jockeys in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in the United States. It was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1,200 members, including active, retired and disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, to obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys. More information about the Guild, visit www.jockeysguild.com or www.facebook.com/jockeysguild