Safety Panel Calls For Changes To Horse Racing Rules

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A safety panel created after filly Eight Belles' fatal run in the Kentucky Derby is calling for a steroid ban and other reforms for the sport.
The Jockey Club's panel released its first set of recommendations Tuesday. Besides calling for the elimination of steroids, the group also wants to ban toe grabs and change rules regarding the use of the whip by jockeys.
More meetings are scheduled to discuss other ideas, such as how
to make tracks safer.
The Jockey Club registers all thoroughbreds in the country. Members of the group will be in Washington Thursday when a congressional subcommittee holds a hearing on the thoroughbred
racing industry.

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