Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) is a world-class racing club that acts continuously for the betterment of our society. The Club has a unique integrated business model, comprising racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery, and charity and community contribution. Through this model, the Club generates economic and social value for the community and supports the Government in combatting illegal gambling. In 2020/21, the Club returned to the community of HK$29.4 billion, which included a record HK$24.9 billion to the Government in duty, profits tax, Lotteries Fund contributions and HK$4.5 billion in approved charity donations. The Club is Hong Kong's largest single taxpayer and one of the city’s major employers. Its Charities Trust is also one of the world's top ten charity donors. The Club is always "riding high together for a better future" with the people of Hong Kong.
In the early 20th century, racing authorities in Europe and North America raised concerns in the misuse of drugs in animal sports. Chemists then participated in the development of drug testing for animal athletes and had successfully brought down the incidents of positive findings. The Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) was later officially established in 1947 in Chicago. AORC currently has over 100 members from 26 countries worldwide. The objectives of the AORC are to encourage the advancement of those branches of science applicable to the detection of drugs in biological materials; the promotion of research in those fields; the improvement in the qualifications and usefulness of racing through high standards of technical training, ethics, and performance, through exchange of information among members; and furthering of public education and welfare by cooperation of the members with each other and official agencies.
The International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV) is an association that unites regulatory racing veterinarians, advises authorities in the regulation of drugs and prohibited substances, and encourages research on drugs, health and welfare of the horse. IGSRV has approximately 86 members representing 32 racing nations. The aims of the IGSRV are to act as an official association of veterinarians with similar interests; to advise authorities controlling horse racing/equine sports on veterinary matters relating to regulation/control of drugs/prohibited substances, health and welfare of horses, and the control of disease; to act in collaboration with the AORC to achieve effective regulation and control of drugs/prohibited substances in horses; to organise meetings of the International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV); to promote veterinary science regarding the rules of various controlling authorities; to promote research/knowledge on health, welfare, diseases, pharmacology and drug metabolism; and to promote international goodwill.