PA HORSEMEN’S BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION RELEASES STATEMENT ON DRUG TESTING
GRANTVILLE, Pa. (June 29, 2017)— The Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (PA HBPA), today released the following statement:
“Pennsylvania is home to one of the finest horse toxicology laboratories in the world, the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Lab (PETRL). PETRL, which tests all winning horses, is the first laboratory to develop and establish a method for confirming blood-doping agents in racehorse serum. In all, 99.5 percent of all post-race testing samples in Pennsylvania are cleared by PETRL. We are proud that the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission (PASHRC) has implemented out-of-competition testing to further strengthen integrity protocols.
“The Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (PA HBPA), which represents the horsemen at Penn National, is also doing its part. On July 11, 2011, the PA HBPA became the first organization in the nation to implement third-party administration of race day treatments, banning private veterinarians from treatment stalls. This is now considered a national standard. We’ve also donated substantial funding to PETRL to enhance its testing technology, ensuring a level playing field on the racetrack. ”