About The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015:
Today, there is no national independent and science-based organization in horse racing dedicated to protecting athlete safety, racing integrity, and to ensure a level playing field for competition. The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, sponsored by Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), addresses this pressing need. The bill grants authority for developing and administering an anti-doping program for thoroughbred horse racing to the only independent, science-based anti-doping entity in the United States, USADA.
USADA would create an independent, non-governmental, anti-doping organization governed by a board composed of six USADA board members and five individuals from the Thoroughbred industry.
The anti-doping program will include a list of permitted and prohibited substances and methods of treatment, a process for sample collection and analysis, test distribution planning, programs for in-competition and out-of-competition testing, investigations laboratory accreditation, and disciplinary hearings.
The list of substances will initially align with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances. As USADA’s oversight phases in, other substances will be considered via their scientific review rulemaking process.
The Thoroughbred Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority (THADA) will be vested with the same powers as state racing commissions (including investigatory powers and issuance and enforcement of subpoenas) and will undertake procedures consistent with the requirements of due process.
The funds necessary for the establishment and administration of the horse racing anti-doping program would be paid entirely by the industry, not by the federal government or fans. Initial funding would come from loans and/or donations, and on-going funding would be raised through assessments made by THADA on state racing commissions (based upon an allocation of THADA’s costs versus the number of racing starts) to be raised by the commissions as they see fit provided that in no event shall the funds be obtained via an increase in takeout.