horseracing integrity act

‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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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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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Ways And Means?

The recent difficulties facing the horse racing industry are now getting attention in the halls of Congress, while a bill that would provide national oversight of racing medication remains stalled. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest developments at Santa Anita and across the country, as recent […]

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The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?

The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group’s “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of therapeutic medications and riding crops, […]

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Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Reintroduced, ‘Back In The Starting Gate’ For Congress

Today, U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Andy Barr (R-KY), who represent two of the meccas of American Thoroughbred racing – Saratoga Springs and Lexington – introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act to create a uniform national standard for drug testing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “My team and I have […]

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Hancock: Put Hubris Aside, Rethink Position On Medication In Horse Racing

I wonder just how long our wonderful sport can survive with our racehorses continuing to break down, causing them to be euthanized? The debate about the connection of these breakdowns on the tracks and the use of powerful drugs such as Bute and Lasix is irrelevant. Perception is reality, and it is quite clear what […]

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‘We Need To Be A Leader In Clean Sport And Uniformity’: McPeek Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Trainer Kenny McPeek has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act, which would standardize medication rules in American racing by appointing an independent, non-governmental agency to oversee regulations, testing and enforcement and align the United States with international standards on race-day medication. After nearly 35 years of training Thoroughbreds, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System

Here we go again. Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine. Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the […]

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ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A ‘Red Herring’

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a July 10 commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec addressing comments to the United States Congress made by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International  (ARCI), along with a series of alleged inconsistencies in regulatory oversight in Pennsylvania. Gorajec is […]

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