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Baffert: Federal Indictments Have Convinced Me Industry Needs Horseracing Integrity Act

In a Washington Post editorial published Friday, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says the federal indictments this week of 28 people for illegally doping racehorses has changed his mind about the congressional legislation known as the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA). Among other things, the HIA would give a private, independent agency oversight of medication […]

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Tygart Tells Congress: Don’t Encourage Fox To Guard Henhouse

Human athletes and the integrity of sport were the subjects of a hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, but the regulation of horse racing was raised during the question-and-answer period that followed the testimony of three witnesses, one of whom was Travis Tygart, chief […]

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Commentary – Horse Racing: We Gonna Have A Sport Or Not?

Sport is characterized by a challenging dichotomy that threatens its very existence as a viable enterprise worthy of both participation and widespread appreciation. Athletes are drawn to sport in the main by those with a passion for contests and games of skill. It is this ardor shown on the courts, courses and battlefields that in […]

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NYRA’s David O’Rourke: Horseracing Integrity Act ‘Vital To Equine Health, Integrity Of Our Sport’

The following letter from David T. O’Rourke, president and CEO of the New York Racing Association, was provided to Rep Jan Schakowsky, chair, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, ranking member, of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. The subcommittee is conducting a hearing on the Horseracing […]

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Reuters/Ipsos Public Opinion Poll Shows Challenges Ahead For Horse Racing

Sixty-two percent of Americans polled by Reuters/Ipsos have a less favorable impression of horse racing because of a series of high-profile fatalities over the past year, culminating with the death of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. The online poll surveyed 1,005 individuals, 74% of which said […]

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‘The System Is Broken’: Hayward Believes No One Wants ‘To Catch The Cheaters’

Former NYRA president Charles Hayward has always considered the California Horse Racing Board one of the best state regulatory agencies in the Thoroughbred industry. This winter’s issues at Santa Anita Park and the CHRB’s closed-door handling of the Justify scopolamine positive have further convinced him that the need for national oversight has become more vital […]

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Gillibrand, McSally Introduce Horseracing Integrity Act In U.S. Senate

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019, introduced in the U.S. on Senate Wednesday by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). The bill would create a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority, the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority (HADA), responsible for […]

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Two U.S. Senators To Introduce ‘Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019’

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that next week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law. “It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its […]

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‘Finn’ Green Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Jonathan “Finn” Green learned horsemanship skills caring for and growing up around Hall of Fame inductees and champions at the famed Greentree Stud. His father Robert “Bob” Green managed both Greentree Stud and Elmendorf Farm in Lexington. Finn’s mom, Patrica Headley-Green, grew up on the storied Beaumont Farm owned and operated by her dad, Hal […]

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