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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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Irwin: Tennis, Track And Field Scandals Support Racing’s Path Toward Independent Oversight

Unbeknownst to many people involved in the movement to eliminate drugs in racing, a couple of months ago I lessened my involvement because I had become discouraged with the progress of the proposed federal legislation sponsored by Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko. Sparking my change in direction was an impassioned talk delivered by harness […]

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Chenery: ‘The Time For Federal Legislation Of Our Sport Has Come’

In a recent opinion piece for the The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo., noted owner-breeder Penny Chenery voices her support for U.S. racing to adopt uniform drug rules. Chenery, who raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, urges the passage of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Andy Barr and Rep. Paul Tonko, which will […]

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Gural: ‘National Oversight Only Way’ To Level Playing Field On Medication

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that three of the leading horse racing tracks owned and operated by Jeff Gural – the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. and Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y. – have joined as members, adding to the growing support for national oversight of […]

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No White House Visit For American Pharoah

In July, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) wrote a formal letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to hold a White House ceremony to honor Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (and his humans). Tonko, whose district includes Saratoga, wrote in the letter that “welcoming athletes who have reached the pinnacle of their sport to the White […]

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Hayward: Anti-Doping Agency Would Be ‘Single Most Important Development’ In Racing In Over A Decade

In a recent column for the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward voices his support for U.S. racing to have an independent agency in charge of handling medication policies and enforcement. Hayward urges the passage of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Andy Barr and Rep. Paul Tonko, […]

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Commentary: Racing ‘Needs Independent Anti-Doping Agency’

In a piece for the Albany Times Union, Marc Summers, the vice president and general counsel for The Jockey Club, stresses the need for an independent organization, such as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Summers notes that currently in the U.S., only 20 percent of all races are run under the full set of uniform rules […]

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Morris: TOC ‘100 Percent’ Against USADA’s Involvement In Racing

Joe Morris, president of Thoroughbred Owners of California, said horsemen’s groups throughout North America are united in opposition to federal legislation that would create one agency to regulate medication rules, drug testing and enforcement throughout the United States. The various organizations (national and local affiliates of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association […]

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