07/20/2012 4:42PM

Tygart, drug-testing chief, to address Saratoga gathering

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Travis Tygart, the top official at the U.S. drug-testing agency overseeing the country’s Olympics and Paralympic teams, will provide the keynote address at the Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the Jockey Club announced on Friday.

Tygart, the chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency since 2007, will “share insights on the mission, policies and practices” employed by the agency “to combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs,” the Jockey Club said in a release.

Over the past year, the Jockey Club has led efforts to ban the raceday use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide, and, this year, the organization released a set of rules it hopes to have adopted by state racing commissions. The rules provide for harsher penalties for drug violations.

“With medication and drugs dominating the headlines in the Thoroughbred industry in the past year, it will be enlightening to see and hear how other sports organizations are dealing with performance-enhancing drugs,” said Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of the Jockey Club, in the release.

– Matt Hegarty