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HISA Amendment Included In Omnibus Bill Passed By Congress; Industry Leaders Reaffirm Support

An amendment strengthening the Federal Trade Commission’s rule making and oversight role of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority was included in the $1.7-trillion omnibus government spending bill passed by the House of Representatives on a 225 to 201 vote on Friday, clearing the way for President Joseph Biden to sign the legislation into law […]

Judge Sets Jan. 18 Hearing On Baffert Motion For Injunction Against Churchill Downs Ban

Federal Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings  has ordered a Jan. 18, 2023, hearing to consider a motion by Bob Baffert for a preliminary injunction to end the ban against the Hall of Fame trainer imposed by Churchill Downs that runs through the 2023 spring-summer meet. Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen banned Baffert for over two […]

Government Spending Bill Includes Language Strengthening FTC Role In HISA Rulemaking

In response to a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act unconstitutional, Congress has included an amendment in a $1.7 trillion government spending bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission a stronger oversight role of the private, non-governmental Authority the 2020 law created. The omnibus bill, which exited […]

HISA Medication Policy Won’t Go Into Effect Jan. 1 After FTC Disapproves Rule

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control regulations will not go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, after the Federal Trade Commission – the government agency that oversees the Authority – disapproved the HISA medication rules, citing legal uncertainties. Regulators in each racing state will continue to be responsible for medication rules, […]

No News – For Now – On Maximum Security Saudi Cup Result

Since the guilty plea of Maximum Security trainer Jason Servis in a federal doping case last week, many in the racing world have questioned whether the colt will be stripped of his win in the 2020 Saudi Cup. Observers will have to continue waiting for a final conclusion, according to a statement released by the […]

FBI Probe: Attorney For Nick Surick Says Government Won’t Recommend Reduced Sentence

Sentencing for Standardbred trainer and Thoroughbred owner Nick Surick has been delayed until Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. ET after U.S. District Court Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil postponed the original sentencing date of Dec. 15 because of an ongoing jury trial. Proceedings will be at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse for the Southern District of […]

THA Schedules Webinar On HISA’s Anti-Doping And Medication Control Program For Dec. 14

Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is inviting all horsemen, assistant trainers, and veterinarians to participate in a Zoom webinar that will focus on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program, which is currently scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2023. Mary Scollay, Chief of Science for the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit, will […]

Jason Servis Enters Guilty Plea, Faces Four Years In Prison

Jason Servis, for years one of the top Thoroughbred trainers in the country, pleaded guilty in a New York courtroom Dec. 9 to resolve charges arising from the government’s sweeping investigation into horse doping at racetracks across the country. Servis, 65, faces four years in prison when he is sentenced May 18, 2023, in U.S. […]

Jason Servis Expected To Plead Guilty On Friday

Trainer Jason Servis is scheduled to go before federal Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil in New York City on Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET, when he is expected to change his plea from not guilty to guilty in connection with the FBI probe into illegal horse doping that led to more than two dozen arrests […]