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House Subcommittee Conducting Hearing On Horseracing Integrity Act Friday

The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), announced a legislative hearing for Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The hearing is entitled, “H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.” As part of the subcommittee’s […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Gains Support Of 64 Trainers; Among Major Tracks, Churchill Downs Missing In Action

The Water Hay Oats Alliance has released a letter – signed by 64 current and retired trainers – endorsing the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 2651) introduced in the U.S. Congress last year by Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The bill would establish a non-governmental, non-profit agency to oversee medication policy and enforcement […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Of 2017 Draws Support Of 100 House Representatives

H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) now has the support of 100 members of the House of Representatives.  In addition to Congressmen Barr and Tonko who co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus, the bill has been co-sponsored by 98 other members representing both […]

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Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer still when those on the losing side double down and wait for more of the same. That is the […]

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AAEP Expresses Opposition To Updated Horseracing Integrity Act Legislation

The Horse Racing Integrity Act (HRI) was recently reintroduced in Congress by Representatives Andy Barr and Paul Tonko, with the hopes that the legislation will make more progress during the current session than it did previously. In addition to covering Thoroughbred racing, the new proposal also includes both Quarter Horse and Standardbred racing. The HRI […]

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‘A Great Step Forward’: Stronach Throws His Support Behind Horseracing Integrity Act

On Tuesday, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) announced the support of Frank Stronach for the Horseracing Integrity Act. Congressman Barr plans to reintroduce the legislation, to create uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States. “Today, horseracing in America took a great step forward,” said Congressman Barr. “Frank Stronach, Founder and […]

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Fravel: Barr-Tonko Bill ‘Creates A System That Makes Sense’

Prominent figures from the horse racing industry appeared on Thursday before members of the U.S. Congress to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3084).  The industry representatives were invited to participate in the panel by Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chairs Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), who introduced the […]

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Bipartisan Support Growing For Horseracing Integrity Act

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that a number of additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA) in recent weeks. Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Carlos […]

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NYRA Votes To Support Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) Reorganization Board of Directors today voted to support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H. R. 3084). The vote was taken at the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Manhattan. This bill, introduced in July 2015 to the House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul […]

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‘We Lack Reciprocity’: Chenery Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Penny Chenery has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA). WHOA is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing. The organization released the following statement from Chenery: It took me a long time to fully appreciate […]

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