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‘Finn’ Green Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Jonathan “Finn” Green learned horsemanship skills caring for and growing up around Hall of Fame inductees and champions at the famed Greentree Stud. His father Robert “Bob” Green managed both Greentree Stud and Elmendorf Farm in Lexington. Finn’s mom, Patrica Headley-Green, grew up on the storied Beaumont Farm owned and operated by her dad, Hal […]

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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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Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chairs Re-Elected; Floridians Vote To End Dog Racing

The co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, Republican Andy Barr of Kentucky and Democrat Paul Tonko of New York, were each re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. Barr and Tonko are also co-sponsors of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. Barr won a squeaker against political newcomer Amy McGrath, a former Marine […]

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Current Regulatory System ‘Not Deterring Cheaters – It Is Enabling Them,’ Janney And Fravel Tell Congress

Stuart Janney, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel have written to the Congressional committee that recently held a hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651) in rebuttal to the testimony of several witnesses who spoke against the legislation. The Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are […]

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Backers, Foes Of Horseracing Integrity Act To Testify Before Congress

Five racing executives, two members of the House of Representatives and one animal welfare organization official have agreed to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on Friday to discuss the pros and cons of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. The House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection […]

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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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