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Commentary – Horse Racing: We Gonna Have A Sport Or Not?

Sport is characterized by a challenging dichotomy that threatens its very existence as a viable enterprise worthy of both participation and widespread appreciation. Athletes are drawn to sport in the main by those with a passion for contests and games of skill. It is this ardor shown on the courts, courses and battlefields that in […]

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HBPA: Feds Addressing ‘Problem That Does Not Exist’

Congress held its first hearing Thursday on H.R. 2012, a proposed bill that would impose federal regulations on horse racing medication rules and put an independent agency in charge of drug testing, and while there was a similarity in testimony to past hearings on previous racing legislation, one critical difference was that House members seemed […]

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NTRA Will Submit Letter to Congress For Thursday’s Hearing

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is submitting a letter to the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade outlining significant progress in the national reform effort to enhance the safety and integrity of racing. The letter will be presented by Representative Brett Guthrie of Kentucky, who is a member of the Subcommittee […]

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Witness List Set for Congressional Hearing on Horse Racing

Half a dozen witnesses, including current and former racing executives, veterinarians, and the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, have been called to testify Thursday at a congressional subcommittee hearing on horse racing. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will conduct the hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss […]

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U.S. Senate to examine drugs in horse racing

“Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” will be in the spotlight next Thursday in Washington, D.C., when the United States Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducts a hearing that will bring together both opponents and proponents of the horse racing industry’s current regulatory structure and permissive use of therapeutic medication in […]

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Horse racing back in front of Congress at PA hearing: Watch live, follow Ray

As much as some members of Congress – at today’s hearing of the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health – are certain to criticize the racing industry for drugging racehorses and not punishing those who break the rules, it is highly unlikely that any federal legislation to establish national medication guidelines or oversight […]

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Congressional hearing will be missing important viewpoints

Can the federal government make things better when it comes to the regulation of medication policies for horse racing? A better question might be: Can it get any worse? Plenty of people will answer “yes” to that second question, citing any number of U.S. government agencies that are increasingly under attack for being inefficient, bloated […]

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Congress schedules subcommittee hearing on horse racing

UPDATE: The following statement was added to the hearing notice for Monday’s Congressional hearing on horse racing by the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. “Horseracing is a $40 billion industry that generates roughly 400,000 domestic jobs nationwide. Many question whether the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs on race day is threatening […]

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WALDROP AND THE NTRA: AN ARMY OF ONE?

By Ray Paulick Alex Waldrop is a good soldier who reminds me of Hiroo Onoda, the World War II legend who in 1944 was sent to Lubang island in the Philippines and told by his Japanese superiors to wage guerrilla warfare against the allied forces and to never give up. Along with a few others […]

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