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Race-day medications could be banned at the Breeders' Cup

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Vinery's Tom Ludt new Breeders' Cup chairman

TOM LUDT, president of major racing and breeding operation Vinery, has been voted by the Breeders' Cup directors as the board's new chairman.

Ludt, who has been a director since 2009, succeeds Will Farish, who has stepped down after serving as chairman for five years.

Farish stays with the Breeders' Cup as a director.

The directors have also moved to ban race-day medications at the Breeders' Cup world championships.

Ludt said: "Being elected chairman of the Breeders' Cup is both a great honour and significant responsibility.

"I believe the innovations of the last few years, including our expansion to two days and 14 races and our continued focus on the international aspects of our competition will serve the Breeders' Cup well as we strive to find new ways to strengthen the organization and our game as a whole."
Farish said: "I have enjoyed my five years as chairman, overseeing a period of remarkable growth and expansion of the Breeders' Cup programme on a global scale.

"It has been a privilege to serve our nominators, whose continued funding and support have been invaluable to our organization and our industry."

The Breeders' Cup also endorsed in principle the recently announced recommendation of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) to eliminate the use of race-day medications in North American racing.

The board has decided to appoint a sub-committee with the objective ofdeveloping a plan and a timetable for the elimination of race-day medication in the Breeders' Cup world championships.

The board also extended the provision of the $400 nomination discount for North American nominators. North American foals by Breeders' Cup nominated stallions may be nominated online at the discounted price until midnight August 1.

The nomination price will be $500 per foal from August 1 through October 15, and $1,500 for late nominations which will conclude on December 15.




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