Congressman Tonko pushes for anti-doping legislation for horse racing industry

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Congressman Paul Tonko is a co-sponsor of The Horse Racing Integrity Act. If passed, the legislation would create an anti-doping program for the horse racing industry.

All medications would be banned 24 hours before a race.

“There should be a national standard,” explained Congressman Paul Tonko. “There shouldn’t be this patchwork of solutions of an overview of accountability. There needs to be strong standards that put the equine athlete first, the jockey included in that concern, and done in a way that is across the board standardized for the nation.”

According to the congressman, 38 states are involved with this sport— each having their own set of regulations when it comes to horse racing. He added that this legislation would create a panel
stakeholders including owners, jockeys and veterinarians that will help create a national standardized list of acceptable substances and treatment methods for the animals.

“They will determine which of those medications can be used or not used,” said Tonko. “And certainly can speak to the penalties involved. But all of this is essential to grow the integrity of the sport.”

It’s an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses and their jockeys. 

Congressman Tonko is pushing to get it passed in the House this year. The bill already has bipartisan support.

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