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‘We Need To Raise Our Standards’: Belinda Stronach Urges Passage Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity notes the letter below from Belinda Stronach, the president and chairman of The Stronach Group, in support of H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, previously expressed his support for the legislation in April 2017. H.R. 2651 would […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix Debate Shouldn’t Impede Progress Over Racing’s Integrity, Structure

The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don’t blame them. Most trainers today have never […]

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On Capitol Hill: Backers, Opponents Debate Horseracing Integrity Act

Change vs the status quo. That was the theme of Friday’s debate at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Horseracing Integrity Act. The bill would, among other things, ban the use of Lasix on race day and put drug testing and medication oversight in the hands of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Whether […]

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Congress Passes Bill That Could Nearly Double Available H-2B Visas

Congress early this morning passed a Fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill which includes language that could almost double the number of H-2B visas available, potentially improving a dire situation for Thoroughbred trainers, many of whom depend on these visas for the industry’s sizable foreign temporary workforce. The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to raise the cap […]

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Headley Joins WHOA: ‘Essential To The Longevity Of Our Thoroughbreds’

Southern California based Bruce Headley has trained for nearly sixty years during which time he has cultivated a well-earned reputation for being a “clean trainer”, largely shunning modern veterinary practices which emphasize a reliance on drugs to keep a horse sound and fit. Instead, his philosophy is a simple, natural one: when in doubt, give […]

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Handel: We Need To End Slaughter Of American Equines

Throughout history, horses have worked alongside us as companions and partners in work, war and sport; they are living symbols of our nation’s spirit. We have the honor and duty to protect them, which is why I am imploring my colleagues in the horse racing industry to contact their federal representatives in Congress and urge […]

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HSUS President Pacelle Deems Congress Slaughter Proponents Hypocrites

The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle has called some of the lawmakers involved in reopening equine slaughter plants in the U.S. hypocrites, believing they have a feigned interest in protecting the horses in the States, reports HorseTalk. The Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives narrowly passed […]

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Passage Of Congressional Act Could Reduce Veterinary Shortages Nationwide

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska is home to the largest concentration of beef cattle in the state. With the beef production industry on the rise in the area and two feedlot operations in development with an anticipated capacity at 10,000 cattle, one would think that the veterinarian population in the area would also be on […]

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New Federal Budget Agreement Could Allow Number Of H-2B Visas To Double

A new federal budget agreement reached Sunday night could allow the number of non-agricultural immigrant workers to double in the United States, according to a report from bloodhorse.com. The measure, which has yet to be approved by both houses of Congress, will quell some of the fears plaguing the racing industry and its workforce, though […]

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AHC: Tax Provisions, Guest Worker Reforms Among 2015 Congressional Victories

From the American Horse Council: The 114th Congress, though it started with the partisan gridlock that has become the new normal in Washington, ended the year with a burst of productivity by passing several major pieces of legislation including a tax extender bill, an omnibus appropriations bill, and a five year highway bill. Each of these […]

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