Tuesday, September 08, 2020Contact: Andrew Chesser
Press Release from the IFHA Chairman

As Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), I enthusiastically welcome the news that United States Senator Mitch McConnell plans to introduce The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in the United States Senate.

The IFHA is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races. In addition, the IFHA is a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI). The IFHA’s key mission is to promote the health and welfare of horses and riders, and to promulgate best practice. The key to both of these core policies is strong anti-doping policy and I am confident that The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act achieves this objective.

The United States has always played an integral role in the global sport of horse racing and this legislation brings American racing considerably further in-line with internationally accepted best regulatory policy. It will also serve as the bedrock for the U.S. to remain a leader in safety matters, and ensure the economic viability of its product both domestically and abroad.

I would like to personally commend the leadership of Senator McConnell and express my sincere appreciation to the collaborative efforts to develop The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, most notably that of Breeders’ Cup Limited and The Jockey Club, who are both represented on the Executive Council of the IFHA.

Ensuring the public’s confidence in horse racing has never been more important. This legislation is of major importance for the United States, and in our ever more connected world, The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is vital and significant for all of international racing.
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