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Hearing on track safety vests set

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will hold a hearing for public comment on new regulations on jockey advertising and on new standards for safety vests.

The hearing will be 10 a.m. July 22 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

New rules on safety vests recently went into effect that require jockeys, exercise riders, outriders, assistant starters, trainers and anyone else riding a horse or stable pony on the track and anyone handling horses in the starting gate to wear approved safety vests.

The new regulation has been the source of some friction, and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is encouraging its members to notify the racing commission by July 15 if they wish to speak at the hearing. Written comments also can be submitted before Aug. 2.

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