Anti-Doping Authority Introduced in Horseracing Integrity Act

No doping 24 hrs before racing

Lawmakers introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651) Thursday. It would create a new anti-doping and medication authority and standardize racing medication rules.

Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced the bill. They previously introduced a racing medication bill that only applied to Thoroughbred horse racing. The new bill would apply to all horse racing including Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Standardbred racing.

Under the proposed legislation, no one is permitted to give any substance or medication to a horse within 24 hours of a race.

A regulatory body generally governs sports. Each state has a racing commission, but for the first time, this bill would standardize horse racing medication rules nationally. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which handles anti-doping for the Olympics, would be in charge of a program to standardize medication rules.

The bill is receiving industry support from the Jockey Club, trainers, and owners. Animal welfare groups including The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association are also proponents.

Lawmakers referred the bill to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.