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Racing Free Awards First Check

Two American Quarter Horses at Prairie Meadows earn incentive bonus.

September 2, 2012

The use of performance-enhancing drugs in the horse racing industry is a growing issue that has caused devastating harm to horses, jockeys and the racing industry at large. Racing Free, a new organization founded by a team of industry advocates, is stepping up to address the use of these dangerous and often illegal drugs in horse racing in the United States. Racing Free was created to address the long-existing problem the racing industry has been facing.

Starting this fall at racetracks across the country, the Racing Free incentive program will reward owners, trainers and jockeys who openly race without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Participants will pay a voluntary per-meet fee of $300 per horse to register in the program. At the end of the meet, all Racing Free members who won a race with a horse that passes a drug test will receive a $1,500 payout through the Racing Free incentive program.

The Racing Free team was pleased to reward their first member-owner monetary reward to the Kelly-Yearsley Partnership for their wins with Free Stater, a gelding by Separatist, and Maggie Redmond, a filly by Wave Carver, at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Trained by Charlton Hunt, both horses won their respective races only four days after being entered into the Racing Free Owner Incentive Program. J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley will receive a check for $3,000 once the drug tests are returned clean.

About Racing Free
Racing Free is an industry organization focused on eliminating the use of dangerous and often illegal performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing in the United States. By providing visibility for performance-enhancing drug free racing, educating the public about performance-enhancing drugs, creating monetary rewards for owners who choose to run their horses performance-enhancing drug free and assisting in improvement of current drug testing labs, Racing Free aims to raise awareness of and support for racehorse owners and trainers who choose not to use performance-enhancing drugs. For more information, visit