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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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More House Representatives Sign On To Horseracing Integrity Act

The two House representatives who co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus said this week that formal co-sponsorship of the Horseracing Integrity Act has now reached 226 members. Last month, Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) announced that the bill had reached the majority mark for support at 218. The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754) would […]

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‘Time For A Revolution’: Gary Stevens Calls For Support Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The Water Hay Oats Alliance issued the following press release Monday: Gary Stevens, a Hall of Fame Jockey and a long time member of the Water Hay Oats Alliance, is calling for reform.  “It’s time for a revolution to save our sport.  And it has to happen ASAP! I believe good things can happen when […]

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‘We Need To Unite As An Industry’: Christophe Clement Joins WHOA

Christophe Clement has been one of the leading trainers in the United States for nearly 30 years. The Hall of Fame nominee has won more than 1,900 races, including the 2014 Belmont Stakes with Multiple G1 Winner Tonalist. He has over 30 Grade 1 wins to his name and over 193 Graded Stakes wins. In […]

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‘We Are On The Edge Of The Cliff’: B. Wayne Hughes Joins WHOA

B. Wayne Hughes becomes the latest industry leader to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act (HR1754/S1820). Passage of the bill would create a uniform standard for drug rules and testing through a national program overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a private, non-governmental entity. “I wholeheartedly […]

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Equine Advocates 18th Annual Saratoga Gala To Be Held August 1

Equine Advocates will throw its biggest party and fundraiser of the year on Thursday, August 1, at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, NY. “Kentucky” is this year’s theme as Staci Hancock and Carol and Tracy Farmer will be Equine Advocates 2019 award recipients. Terry Finley, CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds and last year’s Safe […]

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Washington Post Column: Horse Racing Needs Governing Body, Not Legislation

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins added her voice Thursday to the national conversation about the future of Thoroughbred racing, given the 26 fatalities at Santa Anita since the end of last year. Jenkins argues that even though groups like The Jockey Club and the Water Hay Oats Alliance support the federal Horseracing Integrity Act, proper […]

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Commentary: How To Respond To Horse Racing’s ‘New Normal’

Former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog about the mainstream news media’s “insatiable” appetite to pounce on every racing or training fatality at Santa Anita, in the wake of the spike in horse deaths at the Arcadia, Calif., track earlier this year. Santa Anita went from March 31 […]

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John Ed Anthony: ‘Show Me How Abundant Use Of Medication Has Improved Racing Or Its Public Image’

John Ed Anthony is no stranger to the Preakness Stakes. His Loblolly Stable had back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 Preakness in 1992 and ’93 with Pine Bluff and Prairie Bayou, respectively. Anthony is no stranger to champion racehorses either, having campaigned three Eclipse Award winners in Temperence Hill (1980 champion 3-year-old male), Vanlandingham (1985 […]

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