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US Tsunami Alert 1: Congress Plans June Racing Probe
In the US, the headline-hogging Congressional subcommittee which has lifted the lid on steroid use in baseball in a high-profile investigation & is now turning its attention to American racing "could schedule a hearing as early as June to examine breakdowns, medication use & breeding practices in thoroughbreds," reported bloodhorse.com. The US House Subcommittee On Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection sent letters last week to Ed Martin (president of the Association Of Racing Commissioners International, which represents 44 state racing commissions), Ogden Mills Phipps (chairman of The US Jockey Club), Frank Stronach (chairman of Magna Entertainment), Robert Evans (president of Churchill Downs) & Charles Hayward (president of the New York Racing Association) demanding information be supplied by June 2 (next Monday) about racehorse breakdowns & drug use. The subcommittee's ranking member is Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky whose press secretary Kristin Walker confirmed "plans call for a hearing to be held in June".