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Press Release: Consignors & Commercial Breeders Association Joins CHRI

September 8, 2015 – The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that the Consigners and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA), the trade group for buyers and sellers of racehorses in the U.S., has joined as a member. The addition of the CBA and its members to the Coalition follows closely the addition of Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs just last week – evidence of the continuing momentum for national oversight of uniform medication standards in American horse racing.

In a statement provided to the Coalition by the CBA Board of Directors, the organization said “We support the goal of the Coalition, and the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 - to replace the current, fragmented state-by-state regulatory system with one set of rules and penalties overseen by an independent third party, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. While we recognize that there are still details to be decided we noted two areas of specific importance to us: The governing board must include experienced industry stakeholders and the IHA should not be opened in word or operation. These are important provisions which our members are glad to see included in the bill.”

The CBA represents a large majority of the top 20 consignors and an overwhelming majority of breeders and consignors who sell at public auction in Kentucky to provide a constructive, unified voice related to sales issues, policies, and procedures.

The board further explained, “Our Association’s initiatives are designed to encourage a fair and expanding marketplace for all who breed, buy, or sell thoroughbreds. We feel the implementation of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act will create an expanding marketplace by addressing an important issue in our industry. If successful, the popularity of racing will increase and our marketplace will grow.”

The Coalition is the leading advocacy group for effectiveness and accountability in American horse racing, with the goal of implementing uniform medication testing and enforcement regulations throughout the United States’ 38 racing jurisdictions.

The Coalition – whose membership also includes the Breeders’ Cup Ltd., the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association, The Jockey Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and the Water Hay Oats Alliance – supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015. This bill, introduced in July 2015 to the House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), 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.

Additional information, including stories from supporters and ways to contact Congressional members to express support for this legislation, is available at www.horseracingintegrity.com.

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