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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Integrity Of The Sport?

It seems to be an annual query for the Thoroughbred racing industry as the current year wanes — what is the top priority for next year? In a recent poll at the Paulick Report, readers gave a fairly definitive answer: Integrity. The question is, what exactly does that mean? In this edition of The Friday […]

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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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Banke: ‘Craft Our Narrative And Rebuild The Foundation Of Integrity’ Through Federal Legislation

Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm and chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, delivered the following remarks in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 at Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. My family and I are invested, financially and emotionally, in the future health […]

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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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The Friday Show: Back To Congress, Belmont Shrinking?

A pair of Congressmen reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity Act this week, a bill designed to implement uniform oversight of medication in horse racing. This is the second iteration of the bill, and there are two important changes to this version, which could impact its support and chance of passing. In this edition of The Friday […]

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Barr, Tonko To Reintroduce Updated Horseracing Integrity Act

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act.  The legislation, an updated version of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, establishes an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program with input from the horse industry. […]

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ARCI’s Martin: Let USADA Bid To Do Equine Drug Testing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, closed out the racing regulators’ equine welfare and integrity conference Thursday by urging his member organizations to extend an invitation to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to bid on their equine drug-testing contracts. USADA is the national anti-doping organization in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic […]

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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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Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity: In Wake of Vitali Case, ‘We Need Better Regulation’

The Paulick Received the following Letter to the Editor from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, whose members include national and local organizations representing breeders, owners, sale consignors, racetracks and veterinarians  As a group that shares the common belief that the Thoroughbred racing industry is in serious need of medication reform, we would like to […]

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‘The Optics Are Horrible’: March Of Out-Of-Competition Testing Is A Slow One

One of the familiar themes at the Jockey Club’s 64th annual Round Table Conference held Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. was the usefulness of an out-of-competition drug testing program (OOCT) in horse racing. Jeff Novitzky, vice president of athlete health and performance for Ultimate Fighting Championship, pointed out the importance of OOCT to anti-doping […]

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