Feds Seeking Racehorse Drug Regulation

Members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation that would regulate medication use in racehorses.
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As predicted by horsemen earlier this year, members of Congress are again preparing to introduce legislation that would regulate the use of medication in racehorses.

The Jockey Club, in a statement released May 1, said the new bill is called the "Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act." It would put the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which handles drug testing for the Olympics, in charge of the endeavor.

One of the sponsors is New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat who has pushed similar legislation in the past. Since the late 2000s, members of Congress have introduced equine drug-related bills only to have them never reach the floor for votes.

The New York Times reported the bill could be introduced the week of May 5

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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