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McPeek Joins WHOA
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 RSS Feeds

Trainer Ken McPeek is the latest member of the Thoroughbred industry to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance. McPeek submitted the following statement:

“As a horseman who has been fortunate to participate in racing in many countries, I firmly believe we need to bring uniformity to American racing which will meet international standards. The world is getting smaller and we need to be a leader in clean sport and uniformity, not a follower.

I’ve had good success winning without Lasix, especially fillies like Daddys Lil Darling, Pure Fun, and Princess Warrior to name a few. I particularly feel strongly that the graded stakes we run in North America should be run without race day medication. Having trained lower quality horses early in my career and continuing to have claiming horses today, I recognize there are horses that need help. However at the upper levels of the sport we should be aware that these horses should be on a level playing field with the rest of the world horse industry.

Standards are set for many international jurisdictions and for our graded stakes to adapt would be something I wish to see one day sooner than later. WHOA is working to make that happen through the passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act and I’m in agreement that it is a worthy cause.”

 Courtesy of the TDN




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