magnastronach-Picture-courtesy-deadlysins.info_Pimlico owner Frank Stronach, leading Thoroughbred owner, breeder and proprietor of three of the industry’s most famous racing venues, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as a supporter of federal legislation to rid North American racing of race-day medications.

In a letter last week to WHOA, Mr. Stronach, founder of Adena Springs and one of the sport’s most successful horse owners and breeders, said, “racing can not only survive the elimination of race-day medications, but it will flourish and invigorate itself while cultivating new fans from around the world”.

The Canadian-based entrepreneur, whose company The Stronach Group owns six major race tracks, including Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course, becomes the first major track owner to join the group of influential owners and breeders pushing for the United States and Canada to join the rest of the world’s major jurisdictions in banning all medications, including anti-bleeder medicines and painkillers, on race day.

The movement has gradually garnered support by some of the industry’s most influential owners and breeders, including many members of the Jockey Club. Stronach/ Adena Springs has won 12 Eclipse Awards, including eight as leading breeder and four as leading owner. In Canada, Stronach has been honored with Sovereign Awards nine times as leading owner and nine times as leading breeder.

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