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U.S. House passes horse racing safety bill

National legislation designed to standardize medication and safety protocols in horse racing passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support Tuesday. A form of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act has been around since 2015, but it never had the traction to make it onto the House floor until this year.



a group of people sitting at a table in front of a fence: Horses run in front of empty stands at Santa Anita Park on March 14. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)


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Horses run in front of empty stands at Santa Anita Park on March 14. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has introduced the same bill in the Senate, although there is no date set for committee markup or a vote. It is expected to pass before the end of the year.

The House bill was introduced by Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), who represents the area around Saratoga, and Andy Barr (R-Ky.), who represents the area around Keeneland and horse farms near Lexington.

The bill has support from all

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House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing



In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, C Z Rocket and jockey Luis Saez, outside, overpower Flagstaff (Victor Espinoza), inside,  to win the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif.(Benoit Photo via AP)


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In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, C Z Rocket and jockey Luis Saez, outside, overpower Flagstaff (Victor Espinoza), inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif.(Benoit Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry to discourage use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths.

The “Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act” comes after the racing industry has been hit by a series of doping scandals and a rash of horse fatalities in recent years. More than two dozen people, including the trainer of champion Maximum Security, were charged in March in what authorities described as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.

Jason Servis, whose horse

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