The independent organization created by the Barr-Tonko bill would be comprised of representatives from USADA – the same agency that is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for the Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sports in the US - and members of the thoroughbred horse racing industry. The legislation is supported by The Jockey Club, the Breeders' Cup, the Water, Hay, Oats Alliance (WHOA), the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, and other major racing industry organizations, horse owners, track owners, and trainers.
Congressman Pitts and Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., have also reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (H.R.2641), which would offer the promise of creating meaningful anti-doping reform across the entire interstate horse-racing industry. This bill would designate USADA as the independent anti-doping organization for interstate horse races. USADA would create rules regarding the use of permitted and prohibited substances, and develop anti-doping education, research, testing, and adjudication programs. This is a good bill, but is unlikely to move without industry support. It's our hope that Reps. Barr, Tonko, Pitts, Schakowsky, and Eshoo, and Sen. Udall will continue to keep the dialogue going and settle on a final bill that forward-thinking horse-industry representatives and animal welfare groups can support, so we can finally stop these terrible abuses on the track.