Pennsylvania Outlines New Racing Drug, Testing Regulations

Officials say the new regulations are strengthening the integrity of the state’s horse racing industry.

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced Sept. 26 that aggressive new regulations instituted by the state Horse Racing Commission are proving effective in strengthening the integrity of the state’s equine racing industry.

The Race Horse Reform Act passed in 2016 (Act 114) significantly enhanced the commission’s statutory and regulatory authority.

“When we set out to reform the state’s racing industry, two of our goals were to secure the long-term funding of our oversight work, but also to enable the state Horse Racing Commission to better protect the integrity of the sport,” said Redding, who also serves as chairman of the state’s Horse Racing Commission. “This year, the commission has taken a number of significant steps to meet that second objective, approving a trifecta of regulations that will better protect horses and the legitimacy of racing outcomes. The three new measures have outlined significant consequences for trainers, veterinarians and owners from Pennsylvania and other states who violate our regulations.”

The new regulations target the use of prohibited substances and outline the consequences when racehorses test positive, he

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