Jockey Club calls for KY Derby field study

Posted by Mike Mardis

A Jockey Club panel will be studying whether the number of horses allowed into the Kentucky Derby poses a safety risk.

The annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky regularly draws 20 horses to the race. Typically, other races are limited to just more than a dozen.

Stuart Janney, head of the Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, says the panel will be looking at the race's size.

The panel was created after the death of Eight Belles in this year's Kentucky Derby.

The panel also has recommended a standard nationwide system for drug testing.

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