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Major Changes Announced For US 2YO Sales
Officials of Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland & the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co "have agreed to institute major changes relating to the under-tack shows for their sales of 2YOs-in-training," reported bloodhorse.com. Beginning in 2009, the use of whips by riders "will be strictly regulated during a workout in an under-tack show, with stiff penalties & suspensions being contemplated for riders who do not follow the sales companies' regulations". In addition, the 4 auction firms "will also prohibit the use of front toe grabs, a policy in line with recommendations from The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee now being widely adopted by the US racing industry". The 1st auction to operate with the new regulations next year will be the OBS select sale of 2YOs-in-training on February 10.