Challenge to Racehorse Anti-Doping Law Premature, FTC Says

May 3, 2021, 2:15 PM

Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers “jumped the gun” by bringing a constitutional challenge to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act because it merely creates a framework to develop anti-doping, medication control, and racetrack safety programs, the Federal Trade Commission told the Northern District of Texas.

The complaint questions the validity of a law that currently subjects the plaintiffs to no obligation or penalty, the FTC told the court. The plaintiffs therefore lack standing to bring the suit because they’ve suffered no injury, the FTC said.

The suit “amounts to nothing more than a request for an advisory opinion on the...

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