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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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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International Horse Racing Authorities Move Forward With Lab Accreditation Program

Progress continues on an international accreditation program for laboratories conducting drug testing on Thoroughbred racehorses, according to an update this week. Dr. Yves Bonnaire spoke before the 50th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities with additional details on the program, which was started in 2014 and should launch next year. The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities […]

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Report: Horsemen Keeping Tabs On Development Of New Human Drugs

A report by National Public Radio about drug use in Olympic athletes reveals that horsemen are also keeping tabs on the development of new human drugs. Ronald Evans, director of the Gene Expression Laboratory at the Salk Institute, worked on the development of meldonium, a heart medication that improves blood flow and therefore could have an unintended […]

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Gural, Nicholas To Speak At Bergstein Award Presentation Nov. 12

A spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency and perhaps the most vigilant racetrack operator in the U.S. on the issue of illegal drugs will be featured speakers at Team Valor International’s Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation on November 12 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Lexington.  The purpose of the $25,000 award is to encourage […]

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Beck: Industry Must Support National Drug Standards To ‘Stem Racing’s Decline’

Thoroughbred racing is currently basking in the glow of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years as fans celebrate the great accomplishment of American Pharoah. In a recent opinion piece published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Gainesway Farm Antony Beck writes that while the current positive momentum for the sport is great, a “true turnaround […]

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Romanet, Batlle, And Stronach To Address 2015 Pan American Conference

Jorge Luis Batlle Ibañez, the former president of Uruguay and longtime Thoroughbred breeder and owner; Louis Romanet, the chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA); and Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, have been added to a growing list of prominent international racing executives who will share their […]

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Howman To Address Pan Am Conference Attendees In NYC

David Howman, who has served as director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since 2003, will share insights on the creation of the World Anti-Doping Code and the organization’s successful efforts in bringing international consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations when he addresses Thoroughbred racing delegates from all over the world at the Pan […]

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