Breeders' Cup, racing commission announce changes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Breeders' Cup and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have made some changes to try to improve communication after an incident last year resulted in a jockey being fined.

Jockey John Velazquez told a television audience before last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic that his mount, Life At Ten, wasn't warming up normally. He later agreed to pay a fine after the commission accused him of failing to take the horse to an on-track veterinarian before the race.

Chief State Steward John Veitch also was charged by the commission in the matter but is fighting the accusations.

The changes announced Monday include having a commission employee monitor radio communications between on-track personnel in addition to TV coverage of the track, and on-track veterinarians wearing uniforms, The Courier-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/mV0QYW).