Edited Release — A significant segment of leaders in the harness racing industry have signed a letter supporting the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.
A letter from a group of harness horsemen was published this week in Harness Racing Update:
We are encouraging the Standardbred industry about how best to structure the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act to be inclusive of Harness Racing’s unique needs.
We support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.
We know that there are details about funding and other matters that will have to be worked out in good faith between regulators and members of the horse racing community. And we know that the new law is not perfect.
But we believe that the new law is a legitimate and important step in the right direction toward universal medication rules for our sport, increased enforcement of drug rules to make the sport more honest, and a greater public acceptance of horse racing as a safe, humane sport.
“We need all of these things to protect our sport’s future. And we need to work within the broader racing community to make the law work for us, especially since it requires regulators to consider the “unique characteristics” of each breed.
We believe that representatives of the Standardbred industry should work with those who support the new law, and who will be enforcing it, to help establish the rules and policies that will likely govern our sport for years to come.”
The United States Trotting Association maintains its opposition to the bill.