HISA ‘Fix’ Language Included In Omnibus Spending Bill
Language designed to bolster the Federal Trade Commission’s oversight of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority was included in a federal $1.7 trillion omnibus bill passed by the Senate and House of Representatives just before Christmas and signed Dec. 29 by President Joe Biden.
The short amendment states that it allows the FTC to “abrogate, add to, and modify the rules of (HISA) promulgated in accordance with this Act as the commission finds necessary or appropriate.”
The Preakness Stakes post-position draw will be held Monday, May 15, at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and will include a public concert by English musician John Waite, who is known for his many popular songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
After days of negotiations, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association reached an agreement with the Maryland Jockey Club on hiring consultant John Passero to examine the Laurel Park dirt surface and make recommendations for its improvement in the wake of a string of equine injuries during training and racing.