UNDATED (AP) — A movement is underway in horse racing to clean up the sport by enacting uniform safety standards that everyone in the industry would have to abide by. An integrity and safety bill is being reviewed by the Senate that could put national standards in place by the start of 2022.
Meanwhile, different states and tracks are implementing rules to address concerns about doping, medication and optics. National rules would make it safer for horses and level the playing field for all involved and could preserve the long-term health of the sport.
The rules include eliminating performance-enhancing substances, restricting the use of an anti-bleeding medication and placing limits on the use of a bronchodilator that can enhance muscle development. There would also be restrictions on how — and how many times — a jockey can whip a horse consecutively during a race.