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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Should HISA Be An ‘Open Book’?

Joe Gorajec, retired after a lengthy career as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, wrote in a commentary earlier this week that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority has failed to operate with the same transparency shown by state agencies that historically have regulated the sport.

Since Gorajec's call for more transparency from HISA, the Authority has posted additional staffing and budget information on its website that previously was not available to the public.

Gorajec, who lobbied for the legislation that created HISA and is now  an unpaid adviser to Animal Wellness Action and its watchdog website, is this week's guest on the Friday Show to discuss the issue further.

Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick counters that HISA is not a government agency but a private entity that is not required to conduct open board of directors meetings or release detailed notes or transcripts from those meetings. Paulick adds that a number of other industry organizations – including the Breeders' Cup, National Thoroughbred Racing Association and The Jockey Club – operate largely behind closed doors.

Gorajec points out that none of those organizations act as regulators.

Watch this week's episode of the Friday Show below:


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