The bill, designated H.R. 1754, would create a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority, the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority, responsible for developing and administering a nationwide anti-doping and medication control program for horse racing. The new set of rules, testing procedures, and penalties would replace the current patchwork of regulatory systems that govern horse racing’s 38 jurisdictions.

H.R. 1754, is substantively identical to the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651), also introduced by Reps. Barr and Tonko, which garnered the bipartisan support of more than 130 representatives last Congress. Joining the effort in 2019 are Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. CHRI is hopeful and optimistic that the legislation will move through the committee process this year, building on this strong showing of support from key lawmakers.

“Representatives Tonko and Barr, along with their respective staff members, have worked tirelessly on this legislation to ensure the future of the sport of horse racing,” said Shawn Smeallie, executive director of CHRI. “Thanks to their efforts, this initiative has gained the support of key stakeholders across the industry and continues to gain momentum. We look forward to working with other racing industry organization to ensure productive legislative activity this year.”

The 18 members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity represents a diverse group of racing organizations, racetracks, owner and breeder associations, and animal welfare groups that support adoption of a national, uniform standard for drug and medication rules in horse racing. The members are The ASPCA, The Animal Welfare Institute, Animal Wellness Action, Arapahoe Park, The Breeders’ Cup, Centaur Gaming, The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA), The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), The Jockey Club, The Jockey Club of Canada, Keeneland Association, Inc, The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB), Meadowlands Racetrack, (Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs), Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association (TOBA), US Harness Racing Alumni Association, The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA)
The USHRAA as a member of CHRI Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019”
Freddie Hudson
 
March 14, 2019

The United States Harness Racing Alumni Association (USHRAA) along with the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) today announce's its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) earlier today.

The bill, designated H.R. 1754, would create a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority, the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority, responsible for developing and administering a nationwide anti-doping and medication control program for horse racing. The new set of rules, testing procedures, and penalties would replace the current patchwork of regulatory systems that govern horse racing’s 38 jurisdictions.