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Press Release: New York Racing Association Board of Trustees Votes to Support Barr-Tonko Bill

March 10, 2016 – The New York Racing Association’s board of trustees on Thursday voted to support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, which was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) last July. The legislation, formally known as H.R. 3084 and backed by a group of organizations known as the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, would authorize an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to create uniform, high standards in drug and medication testing and enforcement for Thoroughbred horse racing.

The Coalition issued the following statement:

“The Coalition is thrilled to receive an endorsement from an organization that operates one of the premier racing circuits in the world and maintains an ongoing commitment to safety and integrity at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. This medication reform movement continues to gather steam and we are hopeful other racetrack operators, racing organizations and other Thoroughbred industry organizations will follow NYRA’s example by lending their support.”

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, which would authorize an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to create uniform, high standards in drug and medication testing and enforcement for Thoroughbred horse racing.
The bill currently has more than two dozen co-sponsors, including six who have signed on since January 1, 2016; a Senate version of the bill is expected to be formally introduced in the near future.

The Coalition’s membership includes major racing organizations, animal welfare groups, racing and wagering facilities and a grassroots organization with over 1,200 owners, trainers, breeders, and racing professionals.

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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