Kentucky's Rep. Andy Barr-R has added his voice to the calls for a congressional review into the recent spate of fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park. According to a story from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Barr is set to tour the racetrack over the weekend while on a fundraising trip in Beverly Hills.
Barr voiced concern over the fatalities and their potential impact on the horse racing business, which is central to his state's economy. A spokeswoman for Barr noted he is not calling for suspension of racing at Santa Anita, preferring to leave that decision to California commissioners.
Barr is co-sponsor of the Horse Racing Integrity Act, which was recently re-introduced into Congress. Barr admitted that because the cause of the Santa Anita deaths was as yet unidentified, there was no guarantee the Horse Racing Integrity Act would reduce the equine fatality rate, but said he believes any move toward increased integrity in the sport is a positive.
Fellow Kentucky Rep. James Comer-R said he hesitates to support legislation backed by the Humane Society of the United States. Comer is a former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.
Read more at the Lexington Herald-Leader
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