TIP said it commends the NTRA for its project, but it says, among other things,that varying withdrawal times for drugs in jurisdictions could skew the results. It warns that the final "super testing" report could "exaggerate the situation as it really exists in terms of the presence and use of drugs in racing," and perhaps "present a false picture of the capabilities of other racing laboratories to conduct testing." The NTRA has employed labs at Cornell University and the University of California-Davis to assist in its project.TIP suggests an independent audit of "super testing" results, a system for scientific review of the data, and delay of the release of any results until those systems have been established. The letter was signed by, among others, TIP chairman Dr. Allen Ray of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Dr. Rick Sams of Ohio State University, and Dr. Thomas Tobin of the University of Kentucky.When the NTRA task force was formed in 1999, Kentucky horsemen said they
would not support any attempt to tinker with medication rules, which the
NTRA said are not on the table. The industry as a whole has supported
Gallagher's "super testing" program.