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Statement from USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart on HISA’s Selection of an Enforcement Agency

USADA emblem logo.“Obviously, we are disappointed not to be the Anti-Doping Enforcement Agency under HISA. We have worked tirelessly for almost a decade to bring about a national, uniform, robust, and credible anti-doping and medication control program so desperately needed in the sport of horse racing.”

“There are massive challenges to accomplishing this goal – not the least of which are large sections of the industry that are satisfied with the current state-of-affairs – but we wanted to be in the fight to clean up the sport. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement that would allow us a reasonable chance to successfully deliver our existing gold-standard programs, including adequate testing, education, and investigative capacities. That said, we wish HISA all the best in its efforts to build a new organization with the necessary capabilities and the goal of improving the status quo in the industry.”

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