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US Jockeys Support Uniform Race-Day Drug Rules
The board of directors of the US Jockeys' Guild voted "to adopt a policy statement concerning race day medications & safety concerns" which noted:
- Safety of human & equine athletes must be paramount at all times in racing.
- The rules regarding race-day medication should be uniform throughout the US through creation of an Interstate Compact On Horse Racing which will enable states to act co-operatively with more uniform, effective & efficient practices, programs, rules & regulations related to racing.
- We support mandatory pre-race veterinary exams as the only real guarantee against unsafe horses on the racetrack.
- We agree the improper use of clenbuterol & illegally compounded non-FDA-approved substances is a serious concern.
- We agree corticosteroids have to be thoroughly studied & limited in use as the science dictates.
- We support rigorous limits on extra corporeal shock wave therapy. Shock Wave therapy needs to be conducted at a designated area, overseen by a regulatory veterinarian or racing official.
- We agree that no adjunct race day medications are permissible.