The New Mexico House of Representatives passed Monday a bill, sponsored by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, that would create a fund in the state treasury for the testing of race horses.
HB 187, which passed the House floor unanimously, is an effort to decrease doping in horse racing. Ezzell has said the sport is a vital part of the state’s communities, but its future “has been severely jeopardized by scandal, doping, and cheating.”
“This is incredibly harmful to the animals, creating the increased possibility of accidents and even death among race horses,” she said in a statement. “Additionally, each accident has the potential to greatly injure and harm jockeys. We must put an end to this.”
While the New Mexico Racing Commission has attempted to reduce cheating and doping, she said “they can only do so much without the help of additional funding.”
“I am thankful to my colleagues for passing this legislation to combat a very serious problem here in our state, and I hope that the Senate will give it the same consideration,”she said.