Craig Bernick (TDN Op/Ed 12-27) is right on 100%, but the problem is the same as it has been for decades now. It is the same reason why I headed to my local police station in November to be fingerprinted for Indiana, December to be fingerprinted for my Ohio license (who only accepts fingerprints from Texas and West Virginia) and now have to go in January to get fingerprinted AGAIN for Florida that does not accept fingerprints from any other state! Only the most dedicated owners would go through all of the roadblocks that we all face every day. The lack of common sense policies, different regulations in 36 different states, in-fighting among tracks, lack of uniform medication policies, the list goes on and on and on.
Until we have a Federal racing commission established that can actually make some decisions and have some teeth and power to supersede all the individual state regulations , these great ideas will continue to be that….Letters to the editor. Truth be told, I could more easily go to a gun show and buy a firearm than I could get an owners license for my racehorse…so, off I go to my local police station again tomorrow to pay for my third set of fingerprints until an entity is established that can implement these great ideas of streamlining and common sense.