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Strong Words From Leavitt

Published: August 26, 2010 1:37 pm ET

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is at the centre of controversy, as its proposed out-of-competition testing program is being challenged by horsemen, veterinarians and racing officials as going too far.

The commission’s attorney agreed that some of the proposals need to be addressed, saying, “It’s not our intent to hold anyone responsible who isn’t.”

Commission member Alan Leavitt argued that penalties, which include suspension for up to 10 years, need to have stiff minimums as well.

Leavitt said at a public hearing at Keeneland, “Blood-doping is well on its way to destroying our business,” one of the strongest statements by a harness racing leader at any time.

(Harness Tracks of America)

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