‘We Are On The Edge Of The Cliff’: B. Wayne Hughes Joins WHOA

by | 09.01.2019 | 3:55pm
B Wayne Hughes

B. Wayne Hughes becomes the latest industry leader to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act (HR1754/S1820). Passage of the bill would create a uniform standard for drug rules and testing through a national program overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a private, non-governmental entity.

“I wholeheartedly support the effort,” said Hughes. “The need for this legislation is urgent, and the future of horse racing hangs in the balance of its enactment. We are on the edge of the cliff.”

Hughes and the other 1,800 members of the alliance believe the appointment of an independent anti-doping agency can resolve the problem of widespread drug use in American racing and put U.S. racing jurisdictions in step with international standards.

Hughes was introduced to racing by his father at the tracks in southern California. In 2004, Wayne turned his life-long love for horses and racing into a business, when he purchased the iconic Spendthrift Farm, a 1,200-acre Thoroughbred nursery and stud farm in Lexington, Ky.

The historic farm, which was home to Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed, originally was purchased by Leslie Combs II in 1937. Today, under Hughes leadership, Spendthrift is the home of 26 stallions and a broodmare band of 90. In addition to the central Kentucky property, Hughes owns and operates Spendthrift Australia.

Among Hughes' biggest stable stars is Beholder, three-time Breeders' Cup winner and three-time champion.

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