Some unscrupulous trainers use legal and illegal drugs to enhance the performance of their racehorses. This not only gives some racehorses an unfair advantage, but also can lead to injuries or even death on the racetrack when sick or injured horses are raced under the influence of these drugs. There are no uniform rules to prohibit performance-enhancing drugs and penalize doping violations in horseracing.
Congress considered banning drugs in horseracing in 1980, but instead allowed each state to make its own decisions on medications in the sport. The horseracing industry is presently governed by a patchwork of 38 different states' regulations regarding drug and medication rules. This inadvertently creates a system in which trainers caught doping their racehorses can move from state to state to continue doping, especially if those states have insignificant punishments for violations.
The Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R.1754/S. 1820, is a federal bill that will protect our nation's racehorses by replacing the outdated state-by-state drug and medication rules with one national standard and implementing a uniform, universal penalty structure for violations. This bill would charge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency with developing an independent anti-doping authority for the horseracing industry. This bill also bans medication of racehorses on race day. If a horse needs drugs in order to race, that horse should not be competing.
Please make a brief, polite phone call now to your U.S. Representative. Look up your legislator's phone number. You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor and help pass the Horseracing Integrity Act to better regulate the horseracing industry and improve the welfare of racehorses."
Calling is so important; please do not skip this crucial step. After making your call, please use the form below to send a follow-up message. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.