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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback's Letter to the Editor in TDN Addresses HR 3084

Eric Hamelback
National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback's Letter to the Editor regarding the Thoroughbred Racing Integrity Act of 2015, or HR 3084, was published in the March 28 edition of Thoroughbred Daily News.

The letter begins:

"The Thoroughbred Racing Integrity Act of 2015, or HR 3084, has recently been brought back into the Turf Media among certain proponents, even though its hopes of passage hover conservatively around 4%. Somehow, despite this, the discussion of medication uniformity via an added layer of bureaucracy to our sport continues to dominate our press. As stated several times within the last few months, the National HBPA, its affiliates and members stand ready to be fully supportive of national medication policies. The distinction between our request and some may say our demands, is that we stand firm to the principle that uniformity must be fair and equitable and based on scientific evidence: a concern which is shared by more than one State Attorney General. It is only with legitimate thresholds that we can ensure a level playing field, while preventing unjust penalties from being applied to innocent horsemen. HR 3084 is being positioned, by some, as the only way to achieve National Uniformity, when the truth is the fastest route to National Uniformity is to get the details within the rules correct. In every case in which the rules have been based on solid reasoning, uniformity across jurisdictions has followed rapidly."

To read the entire letter in TDN, click here.

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