Witnesses Named for Senate Drug Hearing

Witnesses Named for Senate Drug Hearing
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Jim Gagliano will be among the hearing panelists

A United States Senate committee has released its witness list for a July 12 hearing on medication use in horse racing.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation released the list of speakers July 9. Eight individuals will speak at the hearing, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will chair the hearing even though Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia chairs the committee. Udall was instrumental in scheduling a similar hearing in late April in Kennett Square, Pa., and is a sponsor of federal legislation that would regulate medication use in horse racing.

The hearing is titled "Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing."

Speakers on the first panel are Team Valor International chief executive officer Barry Irwin; Kent Stirling, executive director of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association and chairman of the National HBPA's medication committee; Jeffrey Gural, chairman and managing partner of American Racing and Entertainment; and Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club.

Members of the second panel are Matthew Witman, national director of the American Quarter Horse Association; Marc Paulhus, former director of Equine Protection and vice president of the Humane Society of the United States; Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International; and Dr. Sheila Lyons, founder and director of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The hearing will be webcast live at the Senate Commerce Committee website.

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