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Racing Free to Hold Info Session in Ruidoso

Meeting set to be held on August 15.

August 11, 2012

Racing Free

Racing Free, a new program established to encourage the elimination of dangerous and often-illegal performance-enhancing drug use in horse racing in the United States, will hold an information session on Wednesday (August 15) in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. (MDT) at the Cree Meadows, 301 Country Club Drive, Ruidoso.

"Our goal of this meeting is to give a program overview, discuss memberships, present our goals and gain as much support as possible," Danielle Bryan, Director of Marketing said Saturday. "Any help we can get with promoting this would be greatly appreciated," she added.

Micah and Leslie McKinney, of Llano, Texas, have co-founded the organization that will work with racetracks across the country to implement a 'Racing Free Incentive Program' to:
*Minimize race day injuries and death to horses and riders;
*Create incentive for owners who choose to run performance-enhancing drug free;
*Establish a positive reputation for the horse racing industry.

Beginning fall 2012, interested owners will participate in the Racing Free Incentive Program. Any owner who supports the movement toward performance-enhancing drug free racing will pay a per-meet entry fee into the Racing Free program. At the end of each meet, any Racing Free horse that wins a race and has a clear drug test will be rewarded substantially.

Owners are being encouraged to buy memberships for their horses into the program. Memberships are $300 per race meet and any time that horse wins a race and receives a clean drug-test, Racing Free will reward them with $1,500. Memberships are currently being accepted for the fall 2012 Lone Star Park, Zia Park, Sunland Park and Prairie Meadows race meets.

Racing Free will also have end-of-the-meet awards for trainer, owner and jockey with the most Racing Free horse wins. Those who cannot pay into the program and would still like to support the cause, there is a "pledge tab" on the Racing Free website.

The organization hopes to get several thousand concerned industry people to pledge their support for change. They will use additional funds to help the RMTC and other governing bodies with better testing, lab advancement and more rewards for those who choose to run performance-enhancing drug free. They have asked that horsemen take note, that the organization will still support therapeutic medications that are allowed within the state limits.

For additional information and registration forms, visit the website at www.racingfree.com.