The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 21 regarding the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (H.R. 2012). This bill, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), designates the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a non-governmental agency, as the authority to permit/prohibit the drugs and medications that may be administered to a horse in a race subject to an interstate off-track wager.

The NTRA is submitting a letter to the subcommittee to inform them of the national reform effort recently undertaken by the horse racing industry to enhance the safety and integrity of our sport.  The reforms, which are comprehensive and far reaching, include:  1) uniform national model medication guidelines; 2) a penalty system designed to target individuals with multiple medication violations; 3) restrictions on the use and administration of furosemide; and 4) a laboratory accreditation and quality assurance program (the “Reforms”).  Click here to view the NTRA letter online.  Click here to view the Reforms and click here to view a list of nearly sixty major industry organizations that have urged adoption of the Reforms.