The officials included representatives of horsemen and state racing commissions who said they took offense to what they called a biased portrayal of the effectiveness of the industry’s drug-testing policies and its efforts to combat illegal drug use. The officials said they believed the speakers at the conference ignored, misrepresented, or gave short shrift to their efforts to devise and gain approval for the uniform rules, which are supported by the Jockey Club.
“I thought it was inexplicably negative, in both tone and tenor,” said Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, a Mid-Atlantic-based group that has led the effort to obtain pledges from states to pass the uniform rules by Jan. 1. “Frankly, I can’t understand it. It was as if nothing is happening. They refused to even acknowledge that progress has been made.”
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