Tell Congress that you support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.
Despite its national and international scope, modern Thoroughbred racing suffers because of a patchwork system of out-of-date state-by-state drug and medication rules – creating confusion and risk for owners and trainers whose horses’ race across state lines, and inconsistency for bettors who want to be able to fairly evaluate horses. This approach has left the door open for mistrust to grow around the industry’s ability to rid the sport of performance enhancing drugs and prevent the overuse of approved medications.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a group of horse racing advocates, supporters, and industry members, believes every Thoroughbred race should be run on a safe and level playing field, and that nothing is more important than fair competition for the horses, jockeys, trainers and owners that compete, as well as the fans who wager their hard-earned money on our sport.
Thoroughbred racing must follow the lead of most other major sports, and enable an independent, science-based organization to create national uniform medication standards for rulemaking, accreditation, testing, penalties and enforcement. Neither a state nor federal agency, USADA has the impartiality and scientific expertise to ensure that drug testing is uniform and the sport’s magnificent equine athletes are protected. An independent and uniform drug testing program is essential to prove the integrity of Thoroughbred racing and is the first, critical step in attracting new revenue for the sport.
But we can’t get there without your support. Take a few minutes today to learn more about the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 and contact your member of Congress to tell them you support giving the non-profit and non-governmental US Anti-Doping Agency the authority to oversee testing and enforcement.
The time is now. If reforms are not implemented, the sport risks losing credibility, sponsors, owners, fans, and overall support. We encourage everyone who loves horses and horse racing to support our coalition and join with us to support national, independent testing and enforcement.