Terry Finley, founder and CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance. In announcing his support for WHOA, a grassroots organization formed to support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing, Finley released the following statement:
“For many years, I thought bringing in an outside entity to manage our sport’s drug testing and anti-doping programs was a bad idea.
My outlook has changed.
Think about this–on Jan. 27, 1934, The BloodHorse published an article describing the extensive efforts of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners and their goal of achieving the “adoption of uniform rules, penalties, and enforcement” among racing states.
84 years later–and racing is still waiting.
The current anti-doping structure (38 different drug testing/anti-doping programs) is the biggest threat to the future of our great game–it is unmanageable, indefensible, and unfair to our horses, owners, bettors, trainers and our industry. Any system that is not uniform and not independent can only fail, and our current system is failing us.
Let’s stop kicking the can down the horsepath. We need a national drug testing/anti-doping program.
The one way we can do that is by supporting the Horseracing Integrity Act and bringing the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) into our world. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization with a proven track record of successfully addressing serious anti-doping problems in many other sports.
It’s time to make a move.”