horseracing integrity act

‘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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Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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Commentary: Uniform Rules In Horse Racing Won’t Happen Without Compromise

For as long as I’ve covered horse racing, I’ve been asking people to define their biggest concern about the sport. For my entire career, the top two, conveniently dovetailed answers have been the same: central regulatory authority and uniform rules. Those who want a commissioner of horse racing usually want one so they will impose […]

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Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in which California Horse Racing Board vice chair Madeline Auerbach sold a share of a horse to an executive of The Stronach Group, which owns two California racetracks that the CHRB regulates. Gorajec, […]

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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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‘Importance Of Animal Welfare’: Humane Society’s Presence At Round Table A Positive Step

For the first time in the 67-year history of the event, the Jockey Club’s Annual Round Table Conference featured a speaker from an animal protection organization. Valerie Pringle, equine protection campaign manager for the Humane Society of the United States, told attendees about the HSUS’s priority campaigns to protect horses and other equines at the […]

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‘This Story Is Not Going Away’: Round Table Focuses On Action In Times Of Crisis

A statistic presented during the 67th annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs Sunday put the current horse racing crisis into sobering perspective: according to David Fuscus, president and CEO of crisis management company Xenophon Strategies, there have been 20,000 news stories published since January 1 on the racing industry’s struggles, brought to light by […]

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‘We Are Ready For Change’: Top Thoroughbred Trainers Voice Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

The following is an “Open Letter to the Thoroughbred Community” submitted to media outlets Friday from a group of 16 trainers:  Horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States. The past six months presented a string of events at venerable Santa Anita Park that have shaken public confidence […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Supporters Visit Washington To Educate Legislators On Bill

Members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) blanketed Capitol Hill on Wednesday seeking support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 (HIA). Individual members are meeting with senators to educate them on HIA, which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). The Senate bill […]

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‘Completely Wrongheaded’: HBPA Opposes Senate Version Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announces its opposition to the Senate version of the Horseracing Integrity Act (S. 1820), introduced last week by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). On behalf of thoroughbred race horse owners, and trainers, the HBPA has been steadfast in its opposition to the House companion […]

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