The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation has welcomed the proposal, by a group of influential American trainers, to phase out race-day medication in the United States. Under their plan, no 2-year-olds would be given race-day medication from the start of next year, and this would be extended to all horses from the start of 2016.
The trainers who have signed up to this proposal are as follows:
Thomas Albertrani, Roger Attfield, Christophe Clement, Jose Corrale, David Donk, Neil D. Drysdale, Jeremiah C. Englehart, Eoin Harty,
Neil Howard, Michael E. Hushion, D. Wayne Lukas, Richard E. Mandella, Claude R. McGaughey III, Kiaran P. McLaughlin, Kenneth G. McPeek, Graham Motion, William I. Mott, Todd A. Pletcher, Kathy Ritvo, Jonathan E. Sheppard, Albert M. Stall, Jr., Dallas Stewart, Barclay Tagg, William Van Meter and George Weaver.
Brian Kavanagh, EMHF Chairman, said: "I believe that racing must move towards a single worldwide set of rules in relation to medication and this statement is a very important step in that direction."