The highly anticipated legislation targeting drug use in horse racing was introduced on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY).
Joe Drape of the New York Times, who writes religiously on the abusive use of drugs in horse racing, reveals that Arthur and Staci Hancock, George Strawbridge and Roy and Gretchen Jackson — all prominent owners and breeders — worked behind the scenes on drafting the legislation.
“The industry has suffered a loss of confidence and respect with its fans,” Hancock, Strawbridge and the Jackson wrote in a letter in support of the legislation. “Countless reports of trainers being charged and doping their horses, coupled with the destruction of horses due to horrific injuries on the track cast our sport as something other than beautiful and noble.”
>> Letter of Support to Congress (via New York Times), 4 pp, pdf
>> Read Bill Summary (via Blood-Horse), 2 pp, pdf >>
As soon as we have the Bill numbers, we will post them.
THE CHEMICAL HORSE
Drugs in Horse Racing
Written by Jane Allin
An Int’l Fund for Horses Special Report