MATT HEGARTY writing for the Daily Racing Form reports:
Members of the racing industry who support the passage of federal legislation to regulate the sport and ban the raceday use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide made their cases on Monday in front of a House subcommittee hearing held at a school in Pennsylvania.
With frequent invocations of alleged drug abuse in racing, the panelists, which included a Hall of Fame jockey, several trainers, three owner-breeders, and two veterinarians, appeared before the subcommittee in an effort to push for a bill that would hand authority over the sport to the federal government. Three members of the 27-member Subcommittee on Health attended the hearing, along with two other House representatives from Pennsylvania. All five representatives are Republicans.
The hearing lasted 2 ½ hours, during which all but one of the panelists, the trainer Ken McPeek, said that the alleged use of drugs was both widespread and crippling the sport. All eight panelists said that they supported the federal legislation, which has been introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, though McPeek said that he supported the bill as a way to simplify the array of regulations that are applied to trainers in the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the U.S.
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