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Meadowlands’ Gural To Receive Equine Savior Award From Equine Advocates

Jeff Gural, owner of three racetracks – The Meadowlands in New Jersey (which features Harness racing and a short Thoroughbred meet), Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs (both located in New York State) – will receive the Ellen and Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for his commitment to the humane fate and aftercare of horses bred […]

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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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Witness List Set for Congressional Hearing on Horse Racing

Half a dozen witnesses, including current and former racing executives, veterinarians, and the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, have been called to testify Thursday at a congressional subcommittee hearing on horse racing. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will conduct the hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss […]

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Moving on Up: Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Introduced in Congress

A bill co-sponsored by New Mexico’s U.S. Senator Tom Udall aimed at halting doping in horse racing has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate, where it has been referred to committee. Ray recently wrote about the implications of the legislation, titled the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013, here. Below is […]

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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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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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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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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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Will summit prove rest of world out of step on medication?

While Congress may be charging full-speed ahead with legislation to eliminate drugs in racing, three groups — the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium — feel the issue of race day medication needs more study. Together they are planning to hold an “International Summit on Race […]

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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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