Jockey Club conference to focus on safety changes

The annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference next month will focus on the thoroughbred safety committee and more recommendations for changes. The committee, formed in the wake of the controversies over of Big Brown's use of steroids and Eight Belles' death in the Kentucky Derby, has already recommended bans on steroids and horseshoes with ”toe grabs,“ as well as whip-related reforms. Speakers at the conference Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs will include: Dr. Rick Arthur of the California Horse Racing Board; Dr. Larry Bramlage, co-owner of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington; Bill Casner, co-owner of WinStar Farm in Versailles; Alan Foreman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Associations; Jim Gagliano of The Jockey Club; David Haydon of InCompass Solutions; Jim Hickey of the American Horse Council; Matt Iuliano of The Jockey Club; and Dr. Mary Scollay of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.