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Monmouth Park Trainer to Testify at Congressional Subcommittee

Glenn R. Thompson has been a trainer of thoroughbred racehorses for 
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, NJ.
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 Arlington Million.
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 administer Lasix.
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. 


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There are many different worlds in racing and some of the panelists have very little experience with the cheaper horses and the smaller racetracks.
Matt, It went well, Mcpeek was a little two faced but I expected that.
I enjoyed meeting Glenn this week. Just like the rest of us, he only wants the best for racing and the horses.
Interesting that this perspective comes from a trainer ... I'll be sure to read the book. Thanks, Matt.

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.


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