Agreeing horse racing needs uniform drug rules, trainers distrust the bureaucracy of HISA
- July 1, 2022
- By SARA CAVANAGH
While the consensus among Delaware Valley trainers is that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) is necessary, but they feel that the officials currently running it are government bureaucrats not familiar with horse racing who have moved too fast without full understanding of some of the rules they are trying to implement.
Most trainers say there are so many rules, some of them changing daily, that they don't understand it all, and that's there's too much red tape.
In fact, things are changing so quickly, this story will go out today to be followed as changes become known.
For instance, a letter from Senator Grassley was only sent a few days before the deadline.
Seven-term U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the second-most senior Member of the United States Senate, on June 27 sent a forceful letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority demanding answers to questions about their failure to comply with the enabling federal legislation’s deadline of July 1 for implementation.
Among other things, Senator Grassley’s letter questions if the Authority consulted appropriate industry representatives before issuing regulations that appeared to ignore volumes of public comment pointing out deficiencies.