Backers, Foes Of Horseracing Integrity Act To Testify Before Congress

by | 06.20.2018 | 9:04am
Reps. Paul Tonko (left) and Andy Barr, co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus

Five racing executives, two members of the House of Representatives and one animal welfare organization official have agreed to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on Friday to discuss the pros and cons of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.

The House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will conduct the hearing on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  Invitations were issued by subcommittee chairman Robert Latta (R-OH).

Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus and co-sponsors of the Horseracing Integrity Act, will testify, as will Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, an animal welfare group that supports the legislation.

From the racing industry will come five individuals whose organizations have expressed support or opposition to the legislation that would put the regulation of medication policies and enforcement under the umbrella of the United State Anti-Doping Agency – an independent, non-governmental organization that oversees drug testing and enforcement for Olympic athletes and other sports. The legislation, as currently written, would also eliminate the use of all race-day medication.

Providing testimony in support of the bill will be Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Craig Fravel, CEO of the Breeders' Cup. Both organizations are members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.

Alan Foreman, chairman and CEO of the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, are expected to speak in opposition to the bill, along with Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, a trade association representing state regulators currently responsible for drug policies and enforcement.

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