FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission met with state lawmakers Tuesday in Frankfort to discuss proposed changes to regulations. Along with the commission, proponents testified in favor of the rule changes and opponents got to tell their side of the story.
The industry has recently faced backlash after several thoroughbred racehorses have died. Tuesday was the culmination of a two-year process for the state Horse Racing Commission.
The commission stood in front of state lawmakers talking about consolidated regulations. They say the changes make the rules easier for those in the industry to understand. Proponents of the regulation changes from Red Mile and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association testified in favor. Opponents to some of the amendments had a chance to tell their side of their side.
The hot topic was medication guidelines. The commission says there are some people who think they are telling owners how they can and cannot use medicine on their horses.
The commission believes the takeaway from the meeting is that these rules will enhance the safety and welfare of horses and that’s what matters.