04/24/2012 3:52PM

Haydon hired as interim director for Racing Medication and Testing Consortium


Jamie Haydon, the Jockey Club’s manager of industry initiatives since 2008, has been hired by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as its interim executive director, the RMTC announced following a board meeting in Dallas on Tuesday.

Haydon’s employment at the RMTC will be managed under an agreement with the Jockey Club while the RMTC continues to seek a permanent executive director, the consortium said. Most recently, Haydon worked on the development of a set of model rules that the Jockey Club has presented to racing organizations for consideration. The rules call for a ban on the raceday use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide and would revamp the way penalties are handed out for positive drug tests.

The RMTC, which is funded by a wide cross-section of industry organizations, including the Jockey Club, seeks to develop model drug-testing rules and policies for racing states based on the result of scientific studies. Dr. Scot Waterman, the previous executive director, resigned in April 2011. The organization’s office is in Lexington, in the same building as the Jockey Club’s Kentucky offices.