Random Drug Testing For Jockeys On The Horizon


KINGSTON, Jamaica - Quickgallopja.com is reporting that the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), the regulatory body of local racing, is considering implementing random drug testing of jockeys on race days.

The proposed introduction of random testing of jockeys on race days is said to be in an early stage of development. The planned rollout is expected to involve detailed consultations with all stakeholders before being presented to the JRC board of commissioners for their analysis and final decision.

Currently, jockeys are required to undergo drug testing before obtaining their riding licence and upon renewing it.

The concept of race day drug testing of jockeys is not new. Dr Paul Wright, a prominent figure in the field, mentioned that he was involved in conducting these tests in the past.

"Many years ago, sometime in the 1980s, I was asked by the then JRC to conduct drug testing of jockeys on race days. I was also responsible for drug tests for new jockeys and those renewing their licence," he said.

However, this process did not last long as there was no firm commitment at the time for its continuation. The tests were limited as Dr Wright was only able to test for marijuana and cocaine based on the scientific restrictions at the time.

"As far as I am concerned, the random testing of jockeys on race days is an essential component required for horse racing development and to meet international standards. You cannot have someone riding a horse in a competitive race under the influence of drugs. That is a recipe for disaster," Dr Wright shared with this website.


One Response

  1. The operative line is “ international standard “ I agreed 100% with view express by Dr Paul Wright and this practice should not have stopped

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