US sales companies issue uniform policies
A SET of uniform policies for medication, prohibited practices, riding crops and horseshoes used at US thoroughbred sales has been issued by the four biggest American auction houses – Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Barretts and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company.
The new policy states that prohibited medications may only be administered at, or below, manufacturers' recommended dosages.
Among the new rules concerning medication, the policy states that no more than two non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be administered, and that not more than one cortico-steroid may be administered.
In breeze-ups, use of the riding crop will be forbidden within a furlong from the finishing line and beyond. Those who break the rule will be given a $500 fine, payable by the consignor, and repeat offenders may be banned from riding on the sales grounds. Funds created from fines would go to charity.
As had been previously announced, the use of front toe grabs has been prohibited, in accordance with the recommendations of The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee.
Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said: "The sales companies have spent considerable time and effort developing these parameters.
"We consulted with the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors, the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association, buyers and veterinarians to get a broad base of input. We are optimistic this will further the confidence buyers and sellers have in the auction process."