04/24/2013 12:21PM

The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association revamp website


The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association have relaunched an advocacy website with several new features, including a state-by-state look at current medication rules and the status of efforts to align regulations among states.

The new site is called horseracingreform.com, replacing cleanhorseracing.com, which was launched approximately one year ago. The Jockey Club and TOBA used the site to press for changes the organizations are seeking to medication rules, including organizing online petitions in support of bans on the raceday use of furosemide. The new site has the same advocacy goal.

The new site includes an interactive map allowing users to search drug rules state by state, which could be used as a reference for trainers who are shipping horses across state lines. It also highlights the myriad differences between states on some rules, serving the organizations’ purpose to press for uniformity among states.

The name change comes after many horsemen’s groups and regulators criticized the website’s former name for implying that opponents of a ban on the raceday use of furosemide, an anti-bleeding medication legal in all U.S. racing jurisdictions that is commonly known as Lasix, supported something other than “clean” racing. In recognition of opposition of horsemen to a ban, the Jockey Club and TOBA have recently scaled back efforts to pursue changes to furosemide rules, though both groups say that they still support a ban on all raceday medications.