Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Full Committee Hearing
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Chairman Rockefeller, D-W.Va.) will hold a hearing titled "Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing."
Contact: Ellen Doneski - Majority Staff Director/Chief Counsel at 202-224-0411
Date Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Barry Irwin, CEO, Team Valor International
Kent H. Stirling, executive director, Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and chairman, Medication Committee, National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
Jeffrey Gural, chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and chairman and managing partner, American Racing and Entertainment LLC
Jim Gagliano, president, The Jockey Club
Matthew Witman, national director, American Quarter Horse Association
Marc Paulhus, former director of equine protection and vice president, Humane Society
Ed Martin, president and CEO, Association of Racing Commissioners International
Sheila Lyons, founder and director, The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and founder and director, Homecoming Farm Inc.
Well, now we know how serious RMTC is about national standards on the testing issue. Glad they hired an intern who knows about intra-articular joint blocks. Unfortunately, that doesnt translate to national consensus builder who can work with state governments and commissions.
The first part of the hearing was really interesting. The fact that they brought in Jeff Gural really added to the proceedings--as he took over The Meadowlands Racetrack last year, is a Standardbred guy, and apparently one of the few racetrack owners/managers who refused to let a trainer in because of his record. Went to court over it, won, and he should be a model for the Thoroughbred industry!
Not coincidentally, the hearing came out the day after the NYTimes presented a Joe Drape article stating that KY Derby and Preakness winner was on serious medication, blah, blah....not knowing that his medical regimen was pretty normal for most racehorses.
But that is a whole different topic....
Anyway--anyone can listen to the hearing, or listen to its replay....maybe it marks a chance to help our industry.