Veteran horse racing executive Charles Hayward says “nothing could be more important to the future of the sport” than passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act by the United States Congress. Writing in his View From the Rail column at ThoroughbredRacing.com, Hayward said he is encouraged by the fact that a majority of the 435-member House of Representatives has signed on as co-sponsors of the bipartisan bill that would create a single, non-governmental agency affiliated with the United State Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to regulate medication policy and enforcement in horse racing.
Passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act is one of three key areas Hayward sees as potentially moving the industry forward in 2020, along with a serious effort across the country to reduce the number of fatal injuries sustained by horses while racing or training and progress by the recently formed Thoroughbred Safety Coalition.
Hayward implores anyone involved in the Thoroughbred industry to read Vision 2025, a nine-page paper released by The Jockey Club in March 2019 that he calls “the most forward-looking strategic document I have seen in the 25-plus years I have been involved in racing.”
The Horseracing Integrity Act ties in directly to Vision 2025, Hayward writes, setting out “a clear situational analysis and lays out a series of specific detailed reforms that are needed to correct our ineffective regulatory system.
“In short,” he writes, “if you want the industry to survive and thrive, you need to support the Horseracing Integrity Act.”
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