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 being unfairly attacked “over concerns that it would turn over drug testing, penalties and research to the federal government”, and that detractors of the proposed legislation say it “ignores the slow but incremental progress that has been made in the current decentralized state regulatory system.”
Hayward says that neither of those concerns “have any basis in fact” and cites that several recent cases in the industry, such as the ouster of Joe Gorajec from the Indiana Racing Commission and the threat to shut down racing in Pennsylvania are add further proof that the industry needs some sort of central governing body.
“It is indisputable that sticking with the current situation will be the downfall of the Thoroughbred racing industry,” Hayward says. “Change is the only hope for the future.”
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