10/03/2007 11:00PM

Sales integrity subject of public meeting

EmailThe Sales Integrity Task Force, which was reconstituted this year at the behest of Thoroughbred owner Jess Jackson and Kentucky's legislature, will hold a public meeting to unveil its preliminary recommendations on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Keeneland sale pavilion. Specifically, the task force will discuss its recommendations regarding disclosure of sale horses' ownership and medication records and the topic of licensing of bloodstock agents.

According to a release issued by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the public session will consist of presentations by several task force members and a time for audience members to pose questions.

The task force originated in 2004 after Padua Stables owner Satish Sanan called for reform in bloodstock transactions. The original task force produced a non-binding code of ethics in late 2004. Jackson prompted the task force to reconvene and expand its membership after lobbying the Kentucky legislature to support a bills requiring increased transparency in bloodstock sales and licensing of bloodstock agents; that legislation was tabled after Jackson and bloodstock sales interests reached a compromise to re-examine those issues.

The task force is to make its final recommendations to legislators by Dec. 31,2007, in advance of the 2008 legislative session.