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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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McCarron: Barr-Tonko Bill Would ‘Rein In Thoroughbred Racing Abuses’

In a recent opinion piece for the The Hill, retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron voices his support for U.S. racing to adopt uniform drug rules. McCarron urges the passage of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Andy Barr and Rep. Paul Tonko, which will establish national rules and penalties for medication/drug abuse in […]

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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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NHBPA Stands Firm In Opposition To USADA Involvement

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association issued the following statement on Tuesday in response to Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing, held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in which several speakers expressed their support for H.R. 3084. The proposed legislation would create a private, non-governmental organization, in affiliation with the United […]

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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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Campbell: Time For Medication Reform Is Now

Before I stumbled into the idea of forming partnerships to own race horses in 1969, I was chairman of a major advertising agency in Atlanta. What we told our clients emphatically was if you talk the talk, you had better be ready to walk the walk. So for the past four decades, I’ve applied that […]

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