Edwin Moses to bring anti-doping message to US racing

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Edwin Moses in action.
Edwin Moses in action.

Olympic great and United States Anti-Doping Agency chairman Edwin Moses is one of the featured speakers at the Jockey Club’s 63rd annual Round Table Conference next weekend.

The famous Olympic hurdler will be joined by Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky in the top billing at the event, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Sunday, August 9.

Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses
Governor Steve Beshear Governor Steve Beshear

The Jockey Club will provide a live video stream of the conference on jockeyclub.com and will be tweeting the event from @jockeyclub. It will begin at 10am EDT.

Moses is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner in track and field, having secured gold medals at the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games. While competing, Moses was undefeated in 122 consecutive races spanning a period of nine years, nine months, and nine days. As a physicist with an MBA degree, he pioneered the development of anti-doping policies while chairman of the United States Olympic Committee’s Substance Abuse, Research, and Education Committee.

Moses has been the chairman of USADA since 2012 and also currently serves as the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Education Committee and of the Laureus World Sports Academy. Moses has also served on the International Olympic Committee as a member of the Athletes Commission, Medical Commission, and Ethics Commission, as well as on the Athletes Advisory and Executive Committees of the United States Olympic Committee.

First elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, Beshear shepherded Kentucky through the global economic recession, earning the Commonwealth national recognition for job creation and business investment.

Recognizing that Kentucky’s long-term success would require building a stronger workforce, Beshear has also worked aggressively to improve the core areas of education and health. As a result, Kentucky is widely seen as one of the nation’s leaders in bringing affordable health care to its people and improving its education system.

Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps said Edwin Moses was at the forefront of promoting uniform drug testing programs in track and field. “We look forward to hearing his perspective as horse racing looks to join forces with USADA to establish national uniform drug testing.

“In Governor Beshear’s tenure as governor, he has demonstrated his understanding and deep appreciation of the Thoroughbred industry, and we are fortunate to have him at the Round Table Conference to share his thoughts about the sport,” Phipps said.

The Round Table Conference agenda will feature an update by Jason Wilson, president of TJC Media Ventures, on The Jockey Club’s initiatives to build sustainable growth as a response to the McKinsey report first discussed at the 2011 Round Table Conference. Penelope Miller, senior manager of digital media of America’s Best Racing, will discuss that platform’s efforts toward new fan development, and Carl Hamilton, chairman and CEO of The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc., will report on some new initiatives at Blood-Horse magazine.

Rick Bailey, registrar of The Jockey Club, will provide an update of the use of microchips for the identification of Thoroughbreds domestically and internationally.

The Round Table Conference will also feature presentations on technology in racing. Harold Palmer, president of The Jockey Club Technology Services, will speak about emerging digital trends and Bill Squadron, executive vice-president, pro analytics of STATS, will share insights on sports technology and data.

Dr Kathy Anderson, president-elect of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), will discuss the AAEP’s 10-point plan for action with regard to racing reform, which was released earlier this week.

Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, will provide an update on the Thoroughbred Safety Committee and announce its two new recommendations, and Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club, will offer an update on the Equine Injury Database.

James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, will discuss the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity and its growing support within the racing industry.

In addition to the live video stream and tweeting, a replay will be available later that afternoon and an official transcript of the proceedings is expected to be available  the following day.

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