LEXINGTON, Ky. — Nancy Cox, University of Kentucky vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Len Coleman, former president of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs are recipients of The Jockey Club Medal.
Through the years, the stewards of The Jockey Club have bestowed the medal upon a select group of individuals in recognition of exceptional contributions to the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. The medal is not given every year. The club only bestows it when they think there are people who have done an extraordinary service to the industry.
Cox and Coleman received the medals for their exceptional work in co-chairing the nominating committee of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.
Congress established the authority in 2020 as an independent, non-governmental regulatory body, run by an independent board, responsible for standardizing regulations and safety rules nationwide. The nominating committee led by Cox and Coleman completed their work in May with the selection of the authority’s board of directors.
Coleman, who is now a member of the authority’s board, said he appreciates the award.
“Horse racing has been a passion of mine since I was 18,” he said. “The public perception of the integrity of the sport is crucial to the sport’s well-being. HISA is a huge step forward in instilling public confidence.”
The Jockey Club awarded the medals earlier this month during its 69th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing.
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