Enforcing Drug Penalties May Need Help from Outside Agencies

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Enforcing Drug Penalties May Need Help from Outside Agencies
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A proposal to crack down on cheating in racing would refer some drug violations to law-enforcement agencies and subject veterinarians to sanctions by state licensing boards, though the effort may face significant hurdles as the rules are discussed further. The effort is being guided by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, an umbrella group for racing commissions that has begun making the case that the sanctioning powers of its member states are too limited. The proposals to involve law-enforcement agencies and state veterinary boards in cases involving violations of racing’s drug rules grew out of a recent meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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