Representative Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, said Aug. 1 that he expects a subcommittee hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 this fall.
Against the backdrop of Saratoga Race Course, Tonko gathered a small group of industry stakeholders to call for action on the bill, HR-1754. Along with Rep. Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, Tonko is co-sponsor of the legislation that would move oversight of the sport’s equine drug testing and medication policies from state regulators to a newly formed Horse Racing Anti-Doping Medication Control Authority, which would be a single, private, independent group that would oversee these issues for all of United States racing.
Standing with Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm; Hancock’s wife Staci, a co-founder of the Water Hay Oats Alliance; trainer Nick Zito and his wife Kim; and NYRA director of communications Pat McKenna, Tonko said, “There is no better place from which to launch [this legislation] than here at Saratoga Race Course.”
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