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Horseracing Integrity Act Subcommittee Hearing and video


We hope you got to watch or listen to the Subcommittee Hearing just conducted on the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R.1754), chaired by Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky.

The Hearing began at 10:30 a.m. and concluded at 12:45 p.m.

It was riveting, demonstrating how far apart most of racing is regarding the state of its industry. This is how racehorses continue to be compromised and killed on U.S. racetracks, competing and in training.


The Hearing is already available on YouTube.

Begins at approximately 10:45 into the recording.

Witness Statements

Here are the written statements from each of the witnesses which were read into the record at the start of the Hearing in pdf format.

Dr. Kathleen M. Anderson
Equine Veterinarian


Joseph A. De Francis
National Horseracing Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States


Dennis A. Drazin
Chairman and CEO
Darby Development
Monmouth Park Racetrack


Marty Irby
Executive Director
Animal Wellness Action


William M. Lear, Jr.
Vice Chairman
The Jockey Club


Edward J. Martin
President and CEO
Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc.


Christopher J. McCarron
Hall of Fame Jockey, Retired


Most of the discussion was focused on and by Thoroughbred racing, but this legislation includes Quarter Horse and Standardbred racing.

What are your thoughts? Too little too late? Can it be reformed and the industry saved? Or should it all just go away?

A recurring theme is how the industry’s handle (the amount bet) has declined and continues to decline. In other words they are losing betting customers. You see, gambling is the backbone of the industry; what feeds it — keeps it alive.

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8 thoughts on “Horseracing Integrity Act Subcommittee Hearing and video”

  1. That’s good news about Chris McCarron – a few years ago he spoke out about the use of the whip, good on him!


  2. I watched about half the testimony and the witnesses testifying just reconfirmed why racing is in big trouble. Dr. Anderson defended Lasix as did the gentleman affiliated with Monmouth yet BOTH stated that 94% of the horses running don’t need the drug. One of the bright spots was Chris McCarron. He believes in hay, oats and water and was extremely credible.


    1. That’s good news about Chris McCarron – a few years ago he spoke out about the use of the whip, good on him!


  3. Yet to read the testimonies and watch the video. It will be interesting to see if this Horseracing Integrity Act passes and becomes national USA legislation. If it does and is properly policed, then I hope it benefits the horse insofar as the medication/doping/drugging is concerned but as we know, there are many other serious and unacceptable animal welfare issues in the horse racing industry. And it seems nothing is being done about that.

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    1. They are running scared. And they still want to self police. Churchill Downs is not interested so it will not go very far. We are grateful for this Hearing to watch their discomfort as they show who they are and what is really important. Only a few seemed genuinely interested in the horses themselves.

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        1. They have so much clout in one instance because of its historic Churchill Downs and their running of the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby. Plus they have considerable political power by whom they own in Washington DC. Then there are their huge gambling concerns, converting racecourses into ‘racinos’. It’s far reaching and complicated as you can see. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


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