Stuart Janney, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel have written to the Congressional committee that recently held a hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651) in rebuttal to the testimony of several witnesses who spoke against the legislation.
The Jockey Club and Breeders' Cup are members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity that supports the bill, co-sponsored by Reps Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The Horseracing Integrity Act would create a private, independent regulatory board in association with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to oversee all medication regulations, testing and enforcement on a national basis. The bill would also eliminate the race-day administration of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (Lasix).
Janney and Fravel, writing on behalf of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, touched on four specific areas raised by opponents of the legislation during the June 22 hearing before the House of Representatives' Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The opponents argued that:
–the current system of state-by state oversight is not broken
–the rules and standards throughout the United States are largely similar
–USADA lacks experience in medication oversight for horse racing
–Race-day use of furosemide is in the best interests of racing and equine welfare.
“We are writing you today to challenge these assertions with rock-solid facts,” the letter states, going into detail on each of the four areas. “Although the witnesses testifying against H.R. 2651 claimed that our 38 regulatory systems are effectively policing the sport, we recognize the unfortunate truth that our patchwork is not deterring cheaters. It is enabling them.
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