Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act

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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International Racing Management says IHIA solution to race-day medication issue

Former owner-breeder-consignor Pamela Stokes Donehower, president of International Racing Management Ltd today released an Open Letter to The Jockey Club Officers and Stewards, asking TJC and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) to consider opening the educational advocacy website,, to the Fans and General Public to rally support for the IHIA [S.886, H.R. 1733] […]

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Whitfield: Will work to pass Horseracing Improvement Act

Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky has sounded off on the first installment of the New York Times investigative report on equine fatalities in horse racing, and it’s no surprise Whitfield used the opportunity to call for support of federal legislation banning drugs from racehorses that he and New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall co-sponsored. […]

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Will summit help reach consensus or further divide?

With the International Summit on Race Day medication just a week away, the Louisville Courier-Journal sets up the issues and potential outcomes for the summit.  Will it help the industry reach a consensus or push people further apart?  From the article: The fight over anti-bleeding medications is the “mother of all battles,” said Dan Metzger, […]

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Simon: Bill supporters know not what they do

In response to the growing industry support for the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act, trainer Chuck Simon writes at his blog that the bill would be a disaster: “(These supporters) are betting the future of horse racing on the Federal Government’s ability to stop trainers from using Lasix. They have a theory that people aren’t betting […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Industry Support for Federal Intervention

Many people in racing consider involvement by the federal government to be the least preferred avenue for regulatory oversight of medication rules and drug testing. Others do not want to see sweeping changes, such as the elimination of raceday administration of drugs to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Yet there are those who believe it is […]

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Campbell: We need federal involvement in racing

In the Thoroughbred Times, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell shares his perspective on the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act.  While he says federal involvement in racing is “undesirable,” he concludes that it’s the only way to get the sport back on track: “Enacting this legislation will certainly result in taking some horses out of circulation—but many […]

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Retirement group supports drug bill, with changes

The volunteer organization CANTER, which places retired Thoroughbreds, is the latest group to give its support to the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act, designed to tackle drug use in racing.  In a statement, CANTER lauded the goal of the legislation – to “preserve the soundness of the Thoroughbred at the end of its racing career” – […]

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Drape: No ‘black bag veterinarian work’ for Derby winner

Animal Kingdom’s victory in Saturday’s 137th Kentucky Derby was achieved with the best interest of the horse and the sport in mind. That’s what Joe Drape writes in Monday’s New York Times,  singing the praises of Barry Irwin, the president of owner Team Valor International and trainer H. Graham Motion, a transplanted Englishman. “He is […]

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