June 8, 2023
Letter to the Editor: HBPA Fighting Right Fight

Anthony Manganaro (letter to the editor, March 29, BloodHorse Each day) ought to make clear their details. His assault on the Nationwide Horsemen Benevolent and Protectorate Affiliation and its associates is as wrongful as it’s unfair and reveals a scarcity of trade understanding.

Let’s get one thing clear about the price of suing the Nationwide HBPA’s Horseracing Integrity and Security Act: The Liberty Justice Heart so believes HISA is unconstitutional that the nonprofit is taking the case without spending a dime.

HBPA is combating the correct struggle and we’ve got each expectation to win. However even when we misplaced within the courts, the efforts of the Nationwide HBPA, many unbiased organizations together with Kentucky, the 4 state racing commissions, america Trotting Affiliation, a number of state attorneys basic, and others concerned within the instances have already strained. HISA firm to make important enhancements. Whereas acquiring a supposed authorized “repair”, HISA and the Federal Commerce Fee tacitly acknowledged that the unique authorization regulation was legally challenged.

All of this might have been prevented if the most important Thoroughbred Affiliation and the Worldwide Affiliation of Racing Stewards had been invited to the desk to create an actual manner to enhance horse racing. As an alternative, the highly effective and well-funded minority that supported HISA opted for sophistication warfare.

Not like the HISA company, the Nationwide HBPA and its associates have boards elected by their members. HBPA is proud that our members take part in all race ranges, not simply the highest 1%. Any motion taken by HBPA is a directive of the duly elected HBPA board.


On daily basis, we hear from equestrians who’re afraid to specific themselves, thanking us for shedding gentle on the flawed laws that has led to a flawed group. We imagine it is a signal of our widespread help that 1,500 contributors from every racecourse signed an open letter by coaches Wesley Ward and Larry Rivelli advocating significant change and arguing that HISA was fatally flawed.

We imagine that HISA’s Equestrian Advisory Group, which incorporates the DVM, was created solely in response to HBPA’s lack of know-how of rule and policy-making.

Lengthy earlier than the Nationwide HBPA started pushing for federal laws, the Jockey Membership was calling for regulation and uniformity of drug and drug coverage. We have been additionally asking for uniform testing and extra assets for race floor security years in the past. Santa Anita Parkfault spill. We now have at all times known as for heavy penalties for cheaters. Nevertheless, we additionally imagine that since that is America, everybody has the correct to due course of.

Nobody advantages from change only for the sake of change, by ignoring science.

We apologize for insisting that any federal regulation governing horse racing must be authorized. We don’t apologize for taking due care in order that those that break the rule are correctly punished and never escaped as a result of they’re being punished beneath an unconstitutional regulation.

We aren’t apologizing for demanding that HISA be really clear relatively than bullshit. For instance, those that most likely pay the horse house owners’ freight costs have a proper to know the salaries of HISA workers and consultants. Nevertheless, HISA refuses to make them public, hiding behind being a personal entity.

We apologize for declaring that the brand new guidelines predetermined by the FTC should not in the most effective curiosity of the horses.

We apologize for questioning a massively recurring paperwork whose hefty price ticket would threaten the monetary viability of some small and medium tracks and go away trainers and automotive house owners out of labor.

We apologize for eager to know who’s following the nomination committee and that’s the HISA board whose phrases match these of the Supreme Courtroom Justices – that means for all times.

By talking out loud, we compelled HISA to heal though the deadly flaws endured. We’ll proceed to take action, and HISA will handle it as a result of they know that the Nationwide HBPA, its associates, and some dozen Senators and Congressmen are watching them like hawks.

Rick Hiles
Longtime chairman of the Kentucky HBPA, first vice chairman of the Nationwide HBPA

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