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Barr-Tonko Bill Delivers What Thoroughbred Industry Wants, Needs

Do we really need federal legislation to establish a structure for a national agency to regulate medication use in horse racing? The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the advocacy group, Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), say yes. The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California and Association of Racing […]

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‘Common Sense Legislation’: Barr, Tonko Introduce Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced the bipartisan Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.  Under existing law, the American thoroughbred horseracing industry labors under a diverse patchwork of conflicting and inconsistent rules governing medication policies and practices across 38 different racing jurisdictions. This […]

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Hamelback Appointed New CEO Of National HBPA

The National HBPA has announced the appointment of Eric Hamelback as their new CEO. Eric will assume responsibilities on April 20, 2015 and will succeed Phil Hanrahan, who stepped down earlier this year. Hamelback has most recently been the General Manager for Adena Springs, KY. He was with the Adena Springs team covering 14 of […]

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NHBPA’s Hanrahan Will Step Down in February

Philip Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (NHBPA), will step down mid February 2015, after the conclusion of the NHBPA Winter Convention in Carefree, Arizona. “Phil has been an invaluable asset to the National HBPA” said Robin Richards, President of the organization. “He has always demonstrated a willingness to […]

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Drape: Trainer Organizations Deny Doping Problem

After assurances to Congress from the head of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association that lawmakers are attempting to “address a problem that does not exist” with federal legislation to regulate medication, the horse racing industry went through a turbulent 24 hours following a hearing of a House of Representatives panel on Thursday. Shortly […]

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Scientists: Variability in Clenbuterol Makes Regulation Tough

Scientific advisors discussed concerns about clenbuterol regulation at the most recent National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association convention. The challenge, they said, besides the difference in withdrawal times between states, is that horses metabolize the drug at drastically different rates, with traces detectable at 14 days in some individuals, and as much as 30 days […]

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National HBPA: Keep Lasix in Breeders’ Cup

As the debate over race-day furosemide use at the Breeders’ Cup continues, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association’s Medication Committee met Feb. 23 to discuss the issue, and voted to endorse the use of the drug. Florida HBPA executive director and medication committee chair Kent Stirling says the group wants to continue its exploration […]

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HBPA ‘zero tolerance’: Too good to be true?

It was a tough and clear-cut statement the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association put out in June in the wake of the dozens of positive tests in Thoroughbred and Quarter horse racing for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, also known as frog juice. “The National HBPA and its Affiliates have zero tolerance for trainers […]

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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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