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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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Strong Support For National Oversight Of Drug Regulations In Daily Racing Form Readers Poll

An online poll conducted by Daily Racing Form demonstrated strong support among its readers for federal legislation to install an independent, non-governmental agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules on a national basis. Of the more than 1,800 respondents to the survey, Daily Racing Form reports that nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – favored legislation introduced by […]

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Irwin: Indiana Commission Actions Don’t Pass Smell Test

Absent a smoking gun that would lead to evidence of unethical behavior on the part of Joe Gorajec, the dismissal of the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission sends the wrong message to regional and national participants in horse racing. The reason the commissioners gave for firing the director was that they wanted […]

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Citing ‘Integrity And A Level Playing Field,’ Amermans Join WHOA

John Amerman, a prominent California owner-breeder and successful businessman who led the Mattel toy company as chairman and CEO for more than a decade, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of federal legislation that would appoint an independent, non-governmental agency like the United States Anti-Doping Agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules […]

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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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Casner: Federal Legislation Presents Opportunity For Salvation

As I read the June 9 article, “American Pharoah offers a Carpe Diem Moment for Racing,” I reflected on the 37 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner. Horse racing has gone through many changes – some good and some we need to continue to work on. Since I first walked on the backside of Sunland Park racetrack when I was 15 years old, my dream was […]

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The Friday Show: Strange Bedfellows, Pharoah Vs LeBron?

It didn’t make many waves when it was announced a while back, but some folks in the racing biz have started asking why the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are joining with a high-profile animal welfare group in a push for national oversight of medication in racing. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott […]

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