Hall of Fame Trainer, Janet Elliot joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in March of 2016. When she added her name to the membership roster online she knew she was doing the right thing by supporting drug and medication reform in the sport she loved and she hoped that national uniformity for drug free racing would soon be a reality.
Four years later, Elliot has decided she wants to do more. She has joined over 100 industry leaders who have publicly taken a stand to lobby for reform as WHOA Supporters. Elliot is leading by example and supporting Senator Mitch McConnell, Representatives Andy Barr and Paul Tonko and their efforts as sponsors of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA).
In her statement to WHOA Elliot wrote:
“It is high time that America joins with the rest of the racing world, and develops uniform international rules and standards. It is absurd that each state in the country has its own set of rules. In order to have top class racing we must work together to abolish all race day medication.
The elimination of performance enhancing drugs is imperative for the health and safety of our equine and human athletes, and the long term health of the breeding industry. I support the efforts made by WHOA and wish to see the progression of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act.”
Janet Elliot is the first, and only, female trainer to be elected into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, Class of 2009. She ranks fourth on the National Steeplechase Association’s all-time training list with more than $8.3 million in lifetime earnings in a career that is now in its fifth decade. Elliot trained Flat Top, who won championships in 1998 and 2002 on the way to $592,000 in career earnings. In 1991, she became first woman to win the NSA trainer championship.
Elliot won the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase with Census in 1986, and trained 1996 champion Correggio and major winners Victorian Hill (who led the career earnings list for several years), Master McGrath, Campanile, Declare Your Wish, and others.
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