Horse on the Hill. Vivian Grant Farrell.

Congress sets Hearing on horse racing health and safety

Written by TOM LeMARRA for The Blood-Horse

Horse on the Hill. Vivian Grant Farrell.
Horse on the Hill. Vivian Grant Farrell.

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will conduct a hearing on health and safety issues in horse racing April 30 in Pennsylvania, according to an April 23 notice.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, six days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is run at Churchill Downs. The last congressional hearing on horse racing was held in June 2008 and dealt with similar issues, including equine medication.

“In 2008 the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing, and received assurances that the industry was implementing reforms to protect horses and jockeys,” the committee said April 24 in a memo. “On April 30 members will review what reforms, if any, have been made in the horse racing industry to protect jockeys, horses, and the integrity of the sport.”

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