over 30 years and his horses have never
had a positive post race drug test. Thompson has been invited to be a witness
at a US Congressional Subcommittee on Health hearing to be held in Kennett
Square, PA, on Monday, April 30. The hearing, "A Review of Efforts to
Protect the Health of Jockeys and Horses in Horseracing” is headed by Representative Joseph Pitts and is
being held in his district.
Thompson was raised in thoroughbred
country in Aiken, SC. His father
J. Willard Thompson is a very successful east coast trainer who won four
training titles at Monmouth Park and another two at the Meadowlands. His stepmother
is a well-known trainer of hunter/jumpers. Together his parents own Quiet Winter Farm in Colts Neck,
Glenn began training in
1980, and has won 153 races. One of his best runners was Two Notch Road who broke his maiden as a two-year-old in his first
try on the turf in Monmouth Park’s Continental Mile Stakes with a win pay off
of $216.40. Two Notch Road went on to win over $200,000. He also trained the speedy
turf sprinter General Perfect who won
over $500,000 and started in the 2011 United Nations Stakes and the
Thompson has been invited
to speak at the Subcommittee meeting because he self-published a controversial
book, The Tradition of Cheating in the Sport of Kings. He wrote the book, “In an effort to return horsemanship and
sportsmanship back to the sport of racing.”
Thompson has come up with a list of ways that he
believes can help “to clean up the great sport of racing”. He also emphasizes that, “I do not want
the government to get involved in regulating racing unless the good ideas of
horsemen are not followed”.
The following is a summary of the ideas that
Thompson will present in greater detail to the Subcommittee on April 30th.
1) The elimination of Lasix beginning with two
year-olds in 2012 with the goal that Lasix is completely eliminated by 2014. In
the meantime the racing commission’s veterinarians should only be allowed to
2) Horses should be subject to surveillance within
24 hours of a race.
3) Vets that are caught administering illegal drugs
on race day should face penalties that are a true deterrent.
4) Money should be taken
out of every race purse and put towards thoroughbred retirement programs.
5) Treatment of horses
with shockwave machines should be closely supervised to follow the 10 day rule.
6) The number of times
that a horse can be hit by a jockey should be limited to seven.
7) All trainers should
have their breakdowns listed and available for review at the tracks where they
run horses. All breakdowns should be carefully reviewed. The claim will be
voided on any horse that has to be euthanized due to breakdown.
8) There needs to be universal
rules for medication that are followed in all states.