Seven Changes to Consider for Horse Racing in New York

02/10/2011 06:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

  1. Horses running on a drug free platform.
  2. New York State keep its fingers out of statutory enabled racing related revenue, let the industry meet current obligations and reinvest any overages.
  3. Practices and policies that enable a small, private breeder/trainer to have access to the same facilities as the major corporate owners/trainers.
  4. A race horse retirement program administered by an organization that is a responsive, independent entity.
  5. Passage of Assembly Bill A.B. 3504 and its Senate adjunct, that bans transactions in NY where the end result is horses going to slaughter for human consumption; including the transportation of slaughter bound horses in and through New York State.
  6. Steeplechase races at Aqueduct and Belmont reinstated.
  7. Adopting the recommendations for claiming races made in the "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse" from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.