IFHA Joins Horse Racing Integrity Coalition

Coalition supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has joined the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, expressing its support for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.

Introduced in July 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), the act will direct the non-governmental, non-profit U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to work collaboratively with state racing commissions and their respective staff members throughout the country.

"Creating a uniform system for the regulation of medications in American horse racing is of critical importance," said IFHA chairman Louis Romanet. "The international horse racing community must work together if we are to achieve high standards in testing and enforcement of our equine athletes to protect their health and ensure a safe environment.

"Since its creation, the IFHA has sought to protect the integrity, quality, and fairness of horse racing worldwide in the interest of both the horses and the general public," Romanet said. "We believe that the goal of this legislation is very much in line with our mission."

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 and its membership now includes Arapahoe Park, Breeders' Cup Ltd., Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association, Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, The Jockey Club, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and the Water Hay Oats Alliance.