After 60 Minutes Segment, NTRA's Tom Rooney Urges Commitment to Reforms

Tom Rooney | NTRA photo

Three days after the 60 Minutes segment “Horse Racing Reform?” which covered doping in horse racing, HISA, and breakdowns, Tom Rooney, the President and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, stressed the need to commit to and better communicate the reforms racing is making.

Rooney issued a statement that said:

“Issues raised in recent media accounts are a reminder of why the public needs to know about the significant progress the sport of Thoroughbred racing has made in equine safety over the last few years. On behalf of NTRA members, which include horsemen's groups, racetracks, and a broad representation of every aspect of our sport, we are firmly committed to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA). HISA is a Congressionally mandated step forward and its leaders are collaboratively working within the sport to make substantial, positive changes uniformly across the country. In addition, HISA and other major national racing entities continue to invest in promising technologies, data analysis, and other measures that can further enhance our sport's safety protocols.”

“Any suggestion that our sport is not committed to reform and not supportive of HISA is a minority view. It is time for the whole of the Thoroughbred industry to come together to safeguard the integrity and growth of this beloved sport.”

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