The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Supports KHRC’s Updated Medication Reforms


LEXINGTON (December 10, 2019) – Yesterday the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), with the support of a number of Kentucky race tracks, announced the adoption of new medication reforms, which align with the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition’s ongoing efforts.

In furtherance of the safety and integrity of the sport, Thoroughbred Safety Coalition members Churchill Downs, Inc. and Keeneland Association Inc. advocated for state-wide implementation of enhanced safety measures.

The reforms adopted yesterday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission include:

  • Extending the withdrawal time for the administration of corticosteroids from 7 to 14 days pre-race;
  • Extending the withdrawal time for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) from 24 to 48 hours pre-race;
  • Eliminating the use of bisphosphonates in racing and in horses younger than four years old; and
  • Requiring 14 days of medical records be presented at the time a horse is entered into a race in Kentucky.

“The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition is proud to see Kentucky tracks and regulators join together, in the name of safety, to advocate for stricter medication protocols,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited. “The recent commitments unveiled by the KHRC are a step in the right direction, and we are optimistic that other states will follow in Kentucky’s footsteps.”

About the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition is an industry-led effort to advance safety measures in Thoroughbred racing. At the forefront of these reforms is the safety and well-being of our human and equine athletes. The coalition will serve as an advocate and trusted voice of horse racing as we work to address safety concerns, increase accountability and transparency, and adapt our sport to benefit all for generations to come. Coalition members include Breeders’ Cup Limited, Churchill Downs, Inc., Keeneland Association Inc., the New York Racing Association Inc., Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Stronach Group. To learn more about the coalition’s efforts, visit

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