The pros and cons of federal legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication and drug testing were discussed yet again Aug. 9.
The Humane Society of the United States, a member of a group that supports federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication policy and drug testing, has formed a horse racing council to promote animal welfare standards.
A tax law attorney said May 5 that a recent federal court decision expanded the number of arguments attorneys can make when trying to make a case that a client is running a horse operation as a business as opposed to a hobby.
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement.
The New York Racing Association board of directors March 10 voted to support federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication and testing.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced Sep. 24 that Arapahoe Park has joined as a member.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency says it acted appropriately when allowing Floyd Mayweather to receive an intravenous injection before his May 2 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced that the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) has joined as a member.
The people who put their money on the line wagering on horse racing would like to see an overhaul of its drug testing and enforcement, based on results of a recent survey.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency in a nationwide series of enforcement actions targeting the global underground trade of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced Sept. 1 that three primarily Standardbred tracks owned and operated by Jeff Gural--Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs--have joined as members.
A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall. Meanwhile, the debate on the bill continues.
State-by-state efforts to bring about uniformity in medication policies and drug testing aren't sufficient to move the Thoroughbred industry forward speakers said Aug. 9 at The Jockey Club Round Table conference.
Marc Summers, vice president and general counsel for The Jockey Club, has prepared a side-by-side comparison of two federal bills that propose creating a national program for managing medication use in racehorses.
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Supporters of federal legislation that would give USADA oversight of drug testing in Thoroughbred racing will face opposition from lawmakers who have proposed legislation with seemingly similar goals in Washington.
An effort that began in the Mid-Atlantic region more than two years ago has made "significant progress," according to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.
Three members of Congress June 4 introduced legislation to regulate equine medication and drug testing--but it's not the same bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko of New York.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Two major United States racing companies have restated their support for uniform equine medication and drug testing but have stopped short of endorsing an effort to pass federal legislation that would give USADA oversight.
- By Tom LaMarra
United States Rep. Paul Tonko of New York said May 29 he will introduce federal legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication and drug testing.
The head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency Aug. 11 outlined how the organization could assist the Thoroughbred racing industry should its factions come together and push for federal legislation.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has released a state-by-state breakdown of the results of equine drug testing in 2013.
The chairman of The Jockey Club April 14 called for public release of the veterinary records of all horses entered in this year's Triple Crown races, and also said the industry should partner with USADA to push drug reform.
The president of horse racing's umbrella regulatory group said the tendency for self-flagellation and participants' refusal to take responsibility for their actions--or lack of action--is a major threat to the future.
The outgoing chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International said it is "vitally important" racing jurisdictions adopt the National Uniform Medication Program as soon as possible.
On March 28 Jockey Club chairman and owner/breeder Ogden Mills Phipps released a statement following allegations of horse abuse in racing raised by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.
In considering newest wrinkle to add federal oversight in horse racing, this time through the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a House subcommittee discussed the sport's equine health and integrity issues Nov. 21.
- By Tom LaMarra
Whether members of Congress address legislation tied to medication and drug testing in horse racing remains to be seen, but the Thoroughbred industry appears to be more and more unwilling to take the chance it won't happen.
Federal intervention is the only way horse racing can resolve issues surrounding equine medication use, drug testing, and sufficient investigatory programs, said an attorney, also a Kentucky racing commissioner, May 2.
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