The USA’s Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has become a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, in support of HR 3084, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act (THIA).
After the filing of HR 3084 earlier this year, 68% of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) members who responded to a survey supported federal legislation to create a national independent entity to develop uniform rules, testing and enforcement in Thoroughbred racing, either in its present form or with some changes.
The Act would authorize an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organisation to create uniform, high standards in drug and medication testing and enforcement for thoroughbred racing.
The Coalition said it was pleased to have the support and membership of a national organisation with the history and credibility of TOBA.
“TOBA has obviously taken a thoughtful, deliberate approach to the issue of clean racing and the creation of an independent oversight group through THIA. The Coalition is eager to work with TOBA and other interested stakeholders from every corner of the horse racing industry to enhance the integrity and popularity of the sport.”
The TOBA Board of Trustees believes that the proposed federal legislation would further the interests of the horse racing and breeding industry by nation-wide uniform of medication standards and regulations, consistency with other major international racing jurisdictions regarding the use of medications, and the independence of an organization established to ensure fairness and transparency in these matters.
TOBA believes progress has been made, but more work needs to be done to develop an oversight and governance structure that will balance agency independence with accountability to our sport. As an organization we prefer to be part of the solution to bring about positive industry reforms. We look forward to working with other members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity to pursue this new approach to medication regulation.
TOBA, based in Lexington, Kentucky, was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners.