Protect Racehorses from Performance-Enhancing Drugs


Target: United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Goal: Support legislation that would protect racehorses from performance-enhancing drugs

US Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is working tirelessly to bring justice to the sport of horseracing, a pastime that has been increasingly featured in the press for its widespread, unscrupulous treatment of horses. Senator Udall’s drafted legislation, known as the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013, would allow the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to reinforce the sport’s moral anti-doping standards. Passage of the bill would reestablish the honest tradition of the sport, prevent thousands of innocent horses from suffering the fatal results of performance-enhancing substances, and limit the number of horse and jockey injuries and deaths caused by horses breaking down from drug overdoses.

Unlike other bills that have been passed in recent years to protect racehorses, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act does not require any federal taxpayer funds or federal agency regulations. The Act would grant the USADA power to control anti-dope regulations.

According to Senator Udall’s official website, along with creating rules for prohibited substances the USADA has plans to “create anti-doping education, put an end to race day medication, set a harmonized medication policy framework for all races with interstate simulcast wagering, require stiff penalties for cheating, including ‘one and done’ and ‘three strikes, you’re out’ lifetime bans for the worst cases, and ensure racehorse drug administrations comply with veterinary ethics.”

The USADA has the best interests of those involved with horse-racing in mind, with the intention to keep the sport safe while restoring its reputation. Protect the sport of horseracing from further corruption by performance-enhancing drugs, and encourage the Senate Majority Leader to support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act.


Dear House Majority Leader Reid,

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is a bill that does not require taxpayer funds or federal agency regulations yet would help prevent the use of fatal, performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. The bill would enable the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to independently establish and monitor the sport’s anti-doping standards as well as create anti-dope education and ensure that the health regulations concerning horses comply with “veterinary ethics.”

According to a New York Times investigation, a reported 24 horses die at racetracks every week. Their deaths often go uninvestigated, and many can likely be linked to steroids. The sport of horseracing has been corrupted by these performance-enhancing drugs, meant to disadvantage those jockeys who have trained their horses with honest, healthy and humane means.

In addition to the loss of horses comes the threat to jockeys, whose steroid-driven horses undergo frequent breakdowns due to the drugs. By allowing the USADA to take control of the health regulations behind the horseracing industry, according to their proposed standards, the pastime of horseracing can reclaim an honest reputation devoid of drug-related fatalities. Please support passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act: guarantee that all racers have a fair shot at winning, and help spare the lives of horses and riders participating in the age-old tradition.


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Photo credit: Eadweard Muybridge via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. BostnHolly says:

    Yeah, good luck with this. If we cannot stop steroid use in athletes who *can* speak up or refuse “enhancing” drugs, the horses don’t stand a chance. Sometimes it’s frustrating to sing the same petitions over and and over again, year in and year out without it making a bit of difference.

  2. Lauren Goldman says:

    These animals are only valued for the profits they realize for their owners. Those who aren’t producers, or have outlived their usefulness, are sold to slaughter houses. When money is the motive, anything and anyone is expendable.

  3. kay allan says:

    leave the horses alone and take the drugs yourselves, you mean and twisted idiots.

  4. Julie van Niekerk says:

    Greed has taken the winning line.

  5. Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    Well we all know this is really not a “sport” at all!


  7. Christina Anderson says:

    Years ago I exercised Thoroughbreds for three racing stables. While the folks who owned these stables were good to their horses, I learned all about the sleazy so-called “sport of kings”. Horse racing is cruel and based solely on greed.

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