Joe Pitts

Barr-Tonko Bill Delivers What Thoroughbred Industry Wants, Needs

Do we really need federal legislation to establish a structure for a national agency to regulate medication use in horse racing? The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the advocacy group, Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), say yes. The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California and Association of Racing […]

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Pitts: Proposed Legislation ‘Masquerades Under The Veneer of Reform’

Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) joined with Senator Tom Udall (D-NM.) to comment on thoroughbred horse racing legislation introduced on Thursday. The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act would create a new organization, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority (THADA), to regulate medication use in Thoroughbred horse racing and allow drugs to be used on race day. This legislation […]

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Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup Form Coalition To Back Federal Anti-Doping Bill

A diverse group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations today announced the launch of a coalition to support uniform medication standards for Thoroughbred racing and the formal introduction of proposed bipartisan legislation that would grant independent authority over rule‑making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti‑Doping Agency (USADA). The […]

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Udall, Pitts Introduce Federal Legislation To End Interstate Wagering; NTRA, Jockey Club Issue Statements

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) today introduced legislation to eliminate most wagering on horseracing, encouraging the sport to end doping and crack down on cheaters. Horseracing is the only sport specially permitted by federal law to offer online gambling and interstate betting, yet widespread […]

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Bonnie: Why I Support the Water Hay Oats Alliance

(Editor’s Note: Ned Bonnie has a unique perspective on medication issues and the federal government’s involvement with them, having formerly served as an attorney for the National HBPA in opposing legislation in the U.S. Congress that would regulate the use of drugs in horse racing. During a distinguished legal career, he’s played many roles, prosecuting […]

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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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Congressional hearing: witness list a stacked deck

Six of the nine witnesses invited to speak at Monday’s hearing of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health have signed a letter supporting federal legislation to ban race-day medication in horses, and one of the remaining three has written a book that charges widespread cheating in horse […]

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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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Proposed legislation would impose ‘zero tolerance’ on drugs

No one in the Thoroughbred racing industry can say Congressman Ed Whitfield didn’t warn them. Whitfield, a nine-term Republican representing Kentucky’s First Congressional district, has filed legislation entitled the “Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011” that, as currently proposed, would eliminate the use of any currently permitted therapeutic or illegal, performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses, in […]

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