Will and Bill Farish of Lane’s End Farm have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), a grassroots movement seeking the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing, as supporting members.
Will Farish is the founder and owner of the storied farm and is known as a successful businessman, philanthropist and the former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He has won two Eclipse Awards as outstanding breeder and earned the 2009 Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime achievement. Will Farish, Jr. (Bill) has served nine years as the chairman of the board of the Breeders’ Cup and is currently the general manager of Lane’s End. Farish and Farish, Jr. issued the following statement in support of the group:
“We are joining WHOA to hopefully add some momentum to the effort in Washington to pass legislation that would mandate uniform testing for all racing jurisdictions in the United States.
It should be obvious to all that true uniform testing and doping control will never come about in our country unless it is federally mandated. Those who stand in the way of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 are becoming increasingly isolated and their opposition to the bill harder to justify.
We would like to ask all owners and breeders to encourage your representatives in Washington to support this important effort and once and for all, to achieve true uniform testing standards for our sport.”