|Friday, May 10, 2019||Contact: Shannon Luce (859) 224-2716|
|On Behalf of CHRI: Fatalities, Drugs, and Integrity: Americans’ Top Three Concerns for Horse Racing|
According to a new, national and Kentucky-based poll commissioned by The Jockey Club, horse fatalities are the single most important factor facing the horse racing industry with nearly seven in 10 likely voters (69 percent) saying that it is a “very important” issue. The misuse of drugs was almost equally significant with 65 percent saying it was “very important.” Integrity and corruption also scored highly at 63 percent.
“This survey is further proof that the horse racing industry has reached a tipping point,” said Jim Gagliano, The Jockey Club president and COO. “The health of horses is of concern to both horse racing fans and the general public, and it’s time we make some real changes.”
Interestingly, these issues matter to people almost evenly across party lines and among Americans of all races and ethnicities. However, nationally, women are especially likely to view equine fatalities (77 percent), drugs (76 percent), and integrity (69 percent) as “very important” issues for the industry to address.
The poll also looked at the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA) of 2019, which would establish a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority involving the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA); require full transparency into the medical treatment, injuries, and health of all racehorses; and create one, universal system of medication regulation.
An astounding 91 percent of respondents said they would view horse racing “much more” or “somewhat more” favorably if the industry adopted the national regulations and strict anti-doping rules embodied in the HIA.
Other key findings in the poll include:
“With industry leaders banding together showing support for passage of HIA, we will be easing concerns of Americans who feel we are not doing enough to protect the health of racehorses,” said Gagliano.
To view the poll, click here.
PSB, a full-service custom research and analytics consultancy with a heritage in political polling, was commissioned to conduct a nationwide and Kentucky-focused online survey from April 16-21, 2019, among n=700 U.S. likely voters (nationally) and n=500 Kentucky likely voters. As noted in the full report, certain questions were asked only of Kentucky likely voters and other questions were asked only of U.S. likely voters (nationally). The margin of error for U.S. likely voters is +/- 3.70 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error for Kentucky likely voters is +/- 4.38 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. Some percentages may total more or less than 100 percent due to rounding.
The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club is the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Since its founding 125 years ago, it has been dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, focusing on improvements to the integrity, health, and safety of the sport. The Jockey Club has long held that horses must only race when they are free from the effects of medication.