Leaders in the harness racing industry have signed a letter supporting the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. Meanwhile, the United States Trotting Association has confirmed its opposition to the new law.
The horsemen’s letter, first published at Harness Racing Update, reads:
The undersigned are encouraging the Standardbred industry about how best to structure the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act to be inclusive of Harness Racing’s unique needs.
We support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.
We know that there are details about funding and other matters that will have to be worked out in good faith between regulators and members of the horse racing community. And we know that the new law is not perfect. But we believe that the new law is a legitimate and important step in the right direction toward universal medication rules for our sport, increased enforcement of drug rules to make the sport more honest, and a greater public acceptance of horse racing as a safe, humane sport.
We need all of these things to protect our sport’s future. And we need to work within the broader racing community to make the law work for us, especially since it requires regulators to consider the “unique characteristics” of each breed. We believe that representatives of the Standardbred industry should work with those who support the new law, and who will be enforcing it, to help establish the rules and policies that will likely govern our sport for years to come.
Adam Bowden (Diamond Creek); Bruce Trogden (Emerald Highlands); Steve Jones (Cameo Hills); George Segal (Brittany); Mike Gulotta (Deo Volente); Senena & Jeff Esty (Spring Haven); Frank Antonacci (Lindy); Bob Brady (Kentuckiana); Al & Michelle Crawford (Crawford Farms); Ken Jackson (Kentuckiana); Mario Zuanetti (Atlantic Trot); Massimo Bianchi; Margareta W. Kleberg (Menhammer St); Tom Hill; Art Zubrod (Brittany); Jim & Gibson Wilhite; Knutsson Trotting; Tristan Sjoberg; Bernie Noren; Al Libfeld; Sam Goldband; Charles & Julie Nash; Jon Wiesman; Pond A Acres; Andrew Cohen (Bays Stable); Leah Cheverie; David Heffering (Tara Hills); Frank Lomangino; Johan Arneng (Brixton Medical); John Donato; Ernny Gerbaulet; Richard Gutnick; Peter Martinson; Robert Mondillo; Victor Zehr; Ed Telle; James Daut; Robert Hechoff; Richard Arnold (Willow Oak); John Schmucker (Black Creek); Dan Baer (South Mountain); John Lengacher; John Bootsman (Boko); Dan Lengacher; Duncan Taylor (Taylor Made); Jeff Ruch (Pinestone); Anders Strom (Courant); Maumee River; Jeff Gural (Allerage); All American Harnessbreds; Mike Andrew; Maurizio & Marina Biasuzzi; John Carver; Joe Mendelson; Jim Glass (Walco); Stephanie Rothaug (Rails End); Jim Avritt Sr (Meadow Creek); Stewart Goldberg (Mini Sinks); Randy & Kim Haines (Cool Winds); Steve & Cindy Stewart (Hunterton); Elmer Miller; Lorne Polger (Polger Holdings)
Trainers and Drivers
Ron Burke; Brian Brown; Virgil Morgan Jr.; Jimmy Takter (Hall Of Fame); Ben Wallace; Casie Coleman; Nifty Norman; Jeff Fout; Ed Lohmeyer; Linda Toscano (Hall Of Fame); Paula Wellwood; Mike Keeling; Jim Campbell; Carter Pinske; Tony Alagna; Donna Lee Ozment; Joe Holloway (Hall Of Fame); Per Engblom; Tom Cancelliere; Enos Weaver; Donald Dancer; Blair Burgess (Hall Of Fame); Brad Mcninch; Kevin Mcdermott; Jean Wellwood; Bob Stewart; Murray Brethour; Jim Arledge; Greg Peck; Kelly O’Donnell; Tim Lane; Scott Mogan; Brett Bittle; Scott Zeron
Mark Weaver; Howard Taylor; Herb Liverman; John Fodera; Murray Brown; Brad Grant; Fred Hertrick III; Carl Howard; Martin Sternberg; Bo Lofvander; Doug Millard; Ernie Gaskin; Robert Burgess; Fred Hudson; Bryan Montgomery (Regency Ins.); Frank Chick; Myron & Stephanie Bell (Riverview); Harvey Nagner (Radio Racing); Marc Guilfoil (Ky. Racing Comm.); Richard Young; Martti Ala Seppala; Harvey Fried; Robert Lindstrom; Perry Soderberg; Tommy B Anderson; Jack Remey ( P. Judge); Lynn Jones; Randy Manges; Bob Marks; Joyce & Richard Mcclelland; Bill Vit (Cool Cat); Craig Henderson; Ray Baynes; Gary Corona; Allan Schott; Howard Perlmutter; Gorden Banks; Dan Kazmaier (P. Judge); Bob & Jeanne Stewart; Mark Hanover; Ed Biddle; Kimmo Kempi; Nick Salvi; Mike & Don Robinson; Joe Sbrocco; Virginia Berkner; Steven Wienick; Martha Frank; Robert Leblanc; John Balzer; Geoffrey Dubrowsky; Bill Reepmayer; Frank Cannon; Jason Settlemoir
Dr. Patty Hogan; Dr. Terry Ruch; Dr. Doug Hutchins; Dr. John Park; Dr. Lynda Rhodes Stewart; Dr. Nathaniel Newton; Dr. Ted Mazorisi
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