Udall pushes for national horse racing standards

March 27, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Monday revived his push for uniform federal standards aimed at making the horse racing industry safer following a New York Times investigation into a deadly and debilitating year — for both horses and jockeys — at tracks in New Mexico and elsewhere around the country.

Udall, D-N.M., said the newspaper’s findings paint a “very disturbing” picture of the industry in the United States and New Mexico in particular.

“The sport of horse racing which, at its best, showcases the majestic beauty of this animal and the athleticism of jockeys, has reached an alarming level of corruption and exploitation,” Udall said in a statement.

The senator pointed to the need for a federal role in a sport where problems of doping and countless euLogin to read more

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