Friday, May 29, 2015
Statement by National HBPA on Thoroughbred Horse Anti-Doping Act of 2015
The announcement by Rep. Tonko says this proposed legislation “does not eliminate or modify any of the consents, agreements or approvals required” with respect to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978. However, the release also goes on to say that the new governing body, THADO, will have control of “the privilege to accept, receive or transmit wagers on Covered Horseraces.” It is well understood that horsemen groups, in a working relationship with racetracks, have a veto right by law under the IHA to designate who transmits a signal from a given racetrack. We will look to Congressman Tonko for clarification of this announcement, as this seems to contradict itself with regards to current law within the IHA.
With that said, all horsemen represented by the National HBPA, along with others within the racing industry, will come together to ensure the industry’s largest group is heard in Washington. This announcement by Congressman Tonko (D-NY) and his proposed legislation do not have the support of the racing industry’s majority voice, the horsemen.
Posted by National HBPA at 4:53 PM