Letter to the editor: Horseracing Integrity Act deserves support
Many racetracks and racing organizations support the Horseracing Integrity Act, U.S. House Resolution 2651, which would provide an independent, uniform national doping system for horse racing. Unfortunately, Penn National Gaming, based in Pennsylvania and owner of several racetracks, has not offered its support. Fans would think that doping horses to cheat during races in Pennsylvania is not an issue. But they'd be wrong.
Last summer, Penn National trainer Stephanie Beattie admitted to habitually and illegally doping horses she trained, testifying at the trial of another Penn National trainer convicted of doping racehorses that “almost everybody did” and “It was a known practice. We wanted to win and they weren't testing for those drugs at that time.”
Whether you are a current horse-racing fan who feels deceived by the industry or a former fan who no longer watches racing because you are fearful of witnessing another horse break down on the track and die, please contact Penn National Gaming and urge the company to get on the right side of history and support this bill. Contact your congressmen to urge support as well. The integrity of the sport and the fate of our equine athletes depend on this bill's passage.