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Louisiana joins lawsuit seeking to derail Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Here we are yet again with those deadly, doping thugs of U.S. horse racing. They bleated on and on for an overall governing body to save their “sport.” The previous U.S. Congress accomplished just that with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pulling out all the stops to push through the recently created Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority of 2021 set to go into effect by July 2022. Lo and behold, some States are beginning to say they do not want it, and are challenging it in court. —Editor.

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The PAULICK REPORT informs us:

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The state of Louisiana has joined a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2021 that would create a national regulatory oversight board for medication and safety issues in Thoroughbred racing.

The legislation passed both Houses of Congress as part of an omnibus spending bill late last year and was signed into law by then-President Donald Trump. It creates an independent, non-governmental agency, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which is expected to contract with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The Federal Trade Commission is charged with reviewing the Authority’s policies.

Louisiana joins two other states, Oklahoma and West Virginia, in challenging the constitutionality of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and seeks an injunction to prevent the Authority from assuming its responsibilities by July 2022, as required by the law. That suit, which also includes the United States Trotting Association as a plaintiff, was filed in April.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following statement concerning the decision to join the suit:

“HISA requires the unelected Authority to exercise regulatory authority over horseracing in Louisiana, mandates our State to assist the Authority, and forces us to choose between remitting funds to the Authority or losing some of our powers of taxation. This violation of the Tenth Amendment would have devastating effects to our State and the thousands of Louisianans in the horse industry,” said Landry.

“While I believe that horses should be treated humanely and horseracing should be held to the highest degree of integrity, I know that more bureaucracy from an overreaching and unaccountable fiefdom is not the way to achieve these goals,” Landry continued. “We should continue our Legislature’s decades-long delegation of police powers over the industry to the Louisiana State Racing Commission, knowledgeable participants who have collected significant fees and taxes while enforcing our statutes and regulations concerning the health and safety of equine athletes and all other industry participants throughout Louisiana.”

The Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which already joined an earlier suit filed by the National HBPA and several affiliates, issued a statement by its president, Benard Chatters.

“The actions of Attorney General Jeff Landry in opposing the HISA law demonstrates his genuine concern for the well-being of the Louisiana horse racing and breeding industry and its participants throughout the State as well as our equine athletes,” Chatters said.

“The Louisiana Horsemen appreciate and respect the unwavering support of Attorney General Jeff Landry, which he has consistently shown to the Louisiana horse racing and breeding industry throughout our State,” said Ed Fenasci, executive director of the Louisiana HBPA.

This is just ridiculous. Horse racing needs to ride into the sunset. Its days are numbered. Up and coming generations have little to no interest in it — at all. Hell, not even the current generation is very interested in horse racing. There is little left it seems but its old hangers on and some gamblers — but not on live racing.

From news reports, it seems that what has been keeping a lot of racetracks open with decent purses are racinos. But it looks now that there is more to this picture. Copious amounts of money to the tune of millions, sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars, are being awarded to racetracks by State governments to help them stay in business. The Fund for Horses is working to uncover which States, how much and for how long. If you happen to know your State is one of those subsidizing U.S. racetracks, please contact us using our online form. We will take it from there.

At the end of the day, the bottom line is this. Horse racing is increasingly giving every appearance of not being able to survive on its own; that it must be propped up. Right now they may be using your State taxpayer dollars to do it.

Tuesday’s Horse © Fund for Horses

2 thoughts on “Louisiana joins lawsuit seeking to derail Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority”

  1. The more who oppose the idea of uniform drug regulations across the entire 38 racing jurisdictions, the faster the horse racing industry will disappear. Fine by me.


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