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ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A ‘Red Herring’

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a July 10 commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec addressing comments to the United States Congress made by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International  (ARCI), along with a series of alleged inconsistencies in regulatory oversight in Pennsylvania. Gorajec is […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Back In Washington

A congressional subcommittee is taking a closer look at the Horse Racing Integrity Act today. That’s the latest legislation in Washington that would provide national oversight for the use of medication in the sport. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the components of the bill, the backers and […]

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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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Hall Of Famer Zito Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance: ‘The Game Is Bigger Than All Of Us’

On April 25, Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), was invited by the Coalition of Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) to Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., to speak to a group of trainers interested in learning about USADA and its prospective involvement with anti-doping efforts in Thoroughbred racing. During the meeting, […]

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Tracy And Carol Farmer Join Water Hay Oats Alliance

Thoroughbred industry leader Tracy W. Farmer and his wife Carol have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance. A member of The Jockey Club and former member and trustee of the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors, Tracy Farmer has long been active in the reform movement as a regulator serving as vice chairman of the Kentucky […]

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‘The Time To Act Is Now’: Jim & Joan Brady Join WHOA

Long-time owner/breeders Jim and Joan Brady are the newest members on WHOA’s growing roster of individuals who support passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation appointing the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with the task of creating and managing a gold standard anti-doping agency for American racing. James Brady’s family has been involved in […]

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Commentary: USTA Lacks Understanding Of Federal Bill

The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) recently issued a statement expressing its opposition to the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (officially known as H.R. 2651). The bill would lead to the creation of a private, independent horseracing anti-doping authority responsible for developing and administering a nation-wide anti-doping program for horse racing. In short, the USTA […]

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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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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. These differences often can be stark. In […]

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Rhoden: Race Horses ‘Involuntary Participants In A Tough Sport’

In his “Sports of the Times” column in the Sunday New York Times, columnist William C. Rhoden offered his unvarnished perspective on the state of horse racing in the U.S. Without what he called the “distraction of a Triple Crown or even a rematch” of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, Rhoden said “the racing industry […]

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