On Sunday afternoon at the Gideon Putnam, The Jockey Club held its 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. The event was presided over by Stuart Janney, newly elected as chair of the organization following the resignation of Ogden Mills Phipps, who had served as chair since 1983.
The man at the microphone may have changed, but unchanged were the tone and the content of the Round Table, the second half of which was devoted to a series of presentations supporting federal legislation recently introduced by New York’s Rep. Paul Tonko and Kentucky’s Andy Barr. H.R. 3084 calls for a uniform, national medication program for Thoroughbred racing, establishing an independent, non-governmental authority such as the United States Anti-Doping Agency to implement that program.
On the undercard, so to speak, during the first half of the Round Table, The Jockey Club announced findings and initiatives designed to increase the health and safety of racehorses, during and after their racing careers.
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Photo: Kristin Werner Leshney, Ogden Mills Phipps. Credit The Jockey Club.