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Rep. Andy Barr (left) and Rep. Paul Tonko
Bipartisan Support Growing For Horseracing Integrity Act

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that a number of additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA) in recent weeks. Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Carlos […]

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Arthur B. Hancock III, owner of Stone Farm in Paris, Ky.
Hancock: A Proud ‘Elitist,’ And In Good Company

I was a bit puzzled when at a recent HBPA conference a radio host by the name of Stephen Byk referred to those of us who are trying to clean up our sport and protect our horses as “elitists.” I have been fighting this battle against the liberal use of drugs in horse racing for […]

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Penny Chenery
‘We Lack Reciprocity’: Chenery Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Penny Chenery has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA). WHOA is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing. The organization released the following statement from Chenery: It took me a long time to fully appreciate […]

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Joe Gorajec
‘It’s Time We Start Protecting The Sport We Love’: Gorajec Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Joe Gorajec, previously the executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for 25 years, has announced that he has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance. WHOA is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing. Gorajec […]

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Irwin: Tennis, Track And Field Scandals Support Racing’s Path Toward Independent Oversight

Unbeknownst to many people involved in the movement to eliminate drugs in racing, a couple of months ago I lessened my involvement because I had become discouraged with the progress of the proposed federal legislation sponsored by Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko. Sparking my change in direction was an impassioned talk delivered by harness […]

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Chenery: ‘The Time For Federal Legislation Of Our Sport Has Come’

In a recent opinion piece for the The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo., noted owner-breeder Penny Chenery voices her support for U.S. racing to adopt uniform drug rules. Chenery, who raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, urges the passage of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Andy Barr and Rep. Paul Tonko, which will […]

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Commentary: Results Of Uniform Medication Rules ‘Appear Confusing At Best And Disingenuous At Worst’

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger wonders if Americans are “asking too much” of the National Uniform Medication Program in an editorial on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. A state veterinarian, racing steward and most recently the director of racing in Massachusetts, Dr. Durenberger’s main concern is that the uniform rules ought to produce uniform results across the country. Unfortunately, […]

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Mark Casse (R) awarded Canada's top trainer in 2014 at the Sovereign Awards.
Casse: Industry Concern That Bettors Care About Lasix Is ‘Baloney’

In an interview with Karen M. Johnson for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, seven-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Mark Casse discussed his views on the controversial issue of Lasix. He is a proponent of the medication, stating that “running horses on Lasix and not letting them bleed keeps them from bleeding more.” He is open, however, to new […]

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Hayward: Current ‘Patchwork System’ Of Medication Policies Will Be ‘Downfall’ Of Racing

In a recent column for the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward once again voices his support for U.S. racing to have an independent agency in charge of handling medication policies and enforcement. Hayward writes that the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Andy Barr and Rep. Paul Tonko, is […]

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Gorajec: Barr-Tonko Bill Only Path Toward Uniformity

The following commentary was written by Joe Gorajec, who on Saturday was relieved of his job as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), a position he held for nearly 25 years. The commentary, which Gorajec intended for publication when written, was shared with Indiana commissioners in August with a clearly stated caveat that […]

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