barr/tonko bill

Congressional Horse Caucus, Racing Industry Leaders To Discuss Medication Reform Bill Next Week

Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko, the co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, will hold a hearing next Thursday, April 28, to discuss a path forward for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015. The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. Barr and Tonko will meet with fellow Caucus members and several leaders of […]

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Bipartisan Support Growing For Horseracing Integrity Act

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that a number of additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA) in recent weeks. Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Carlos […]

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NYRA Votes To Support Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Reorganization Board of Directors today voted to support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H. R. 3084). The vote was taken at the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Manhattan. This bill, introduced in July 2015 to the House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul […]

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HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky put together several panels on Thursday’s opening day designed to give HBPA members reassurance that the […]

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‘It’s Time We Start Protecting The Sport We Love’: Gorajec Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Joe Gorajec, previously the executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for 25 years, has announced that he has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance. WHOA is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing. Gorajec […]

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McCarron: Barr-Tonko Bill Would ‘Rein In Thoroughbred Racing Abuses’

In a recent opinion piece for the The Hill, retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron voices his support for U.S. racing to adopt uniform drug rules. McCarron urges the passage of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Andy Barr and Rep. Paul Tonko, which will establish national rules and penalties for medication/drug abuse in […]

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Commentary: Results Of Uniform Medication Rules ‘Appear Confusing At Best And Disingenuous At Worst’

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger wonders if Americans are “asking too much” of the National Uniform Medication Program in an editorial on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. A state veterinarian, racing steward and most recently the director of racing in Massachusetts, Dr. Durenberger’s main concern is that the uniform rules ought to produce uniform results across the country. Unfortunately, […]

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Irwin: Indiana Commission Actions Don’t Pass Smell Test

Absent a smoking gun that would lead to evidence of unethical behavior on the part of Joe Gorajec, the dismissal of the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission sends the wrong message to regional and national participants in horse racing. The reason the commissioners gave for firing the director was that they wanted […]

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Gorajec: Barr-Tonko Bill Only Path Toward Uniformity

The following commentary was written by Joe Gorajec, who on Saturday was relieved of his job as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), a position he held for nearly 25 years. The commentary, which Gorajec intended for publication when written, was shared with Indiana commissioners in August with a clearly stated caveat that […]

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Barr-Tonko Bill Draws Additional Congressional Support

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) announced today that six additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA). They are Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), David Joyce (R-OH), Jerold Nadler (D-NY), and Joe Wilson (R-SC). […]

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