May 202023

TDN – Ross – Legal Expert: If Fifth Circuit Finds HISA Constitutional, Texas “Absolutely” Can Implement Law

Wall Street Journal – A Horse Race Goes to Court

Wall Street Journal editorializes in favor of National HBPA lawsuit
HBPA: ‘At every turn, we have said our goal is simple: to ensure that the regulations that govern our industry are in line with the Constitution’
For the past two years, we’ve heard nonstop from the other side of the HISA debate that our lawsuit was frivolous, ill-intended, and a waste of time. At every turn, we have said our goal is simple: to ensure that the regulations that govern our industry are in line with the Constitution. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal, America’s number one newspaper, ran an editorial that should be a huge encouragement to all of us. The editorial board, which is dedicated to defending American principles and free enterprise, gave their view that the Supreme Court should hear our case. Here are some key excerpts:
  • The current Supreme Court is doing vital work policing the Constitution’s separation of powers. And it may soon get another chance in a case over whether a private horse-racing authority can deploy regulatory powers usually reserved for the federal government.
  • When Congress created HISA, it delegated its authority to the private association to regulate the sport nationwide. The authority was ostensibly under the umbrella of the Federal Trade Commission, but in reality it was running the show. In November 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law unconstitutional because the association had final say on regulation.
  • A “cardinal constitutional principle is that federal power can be wielded only by the federal government,” Fifth Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan wrote for the panel. “Private entities may do so only if they are subordinate to an agency.” Congress then tweaked the law with the amendment that the FTC could modify rules after HISA had created them. That’s still slim power for the FTC to wield within a far larger grant of power to the private authority.
  • The Supreme Court has signaled its interest in hearing a private non-delegation case. Denying certiorari in 2022’s Texas v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Justice Samuel Alito (joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch) wrote that there is a “fundamental question about the limits on the Federal Government’s authority to delegate its powers to private actors” and therefore a “need to clarify the private non-delegation doctrine in an appropriate future case.” Here it comes.
The National HBPA is grateful to our members and partners across the country who have stood with us in this fight. We look forward to continuing to advocate on your behalf and to our eventual vindication in this case.

TDN – Texas Judge Says No to ADMC Injunction

TDN – Ross – Sam Houston Handle Down 92%, Texas Industry At Crossroads


Phil has a question:

Have beer sales skyrocketed to provide all the piss for these pissing contests.

The National HBPA has never done anything more than insist that the regulatory authority writing the rules for this industry be structured in a way that respects the constitutional rights of all horsemen and be operated in a way that is transparent, responsive and accountable. We will continue to fight for these rights in court. We believe the best path forward for the industry—the best way to keep our horses and their humans safe—is a regulatory framework built on those principles: transparent, responsive, accountable, constitutional.

TDN – Thornton – FTC: Latest Anti-HISA Suit Doesn’t Come ‘Within a Furlong’ of Demonstrating Harms

Bloodhorse – Hamelback: Now Not the Time to Go Low or Assign Blame

Bloodhorse – Gagliano Our Voices: Safeguard Our Game by Supporting HISA

Bloodhorse – HISA to Investigate Equine Deaths at Churchill Downs

Phil has a question:

Which level of bureaucracy do the horsemen have to bow down to.

TDN – Thornton – HISA, FTC Link Grim Headlines to HBPA’s Desire for ‘Status Quo’

Bloodhorse – Downey – Keeping Tabs on HISA Lawsuits: Current Status

TDN – Thornton – Federal Judge Rules HISA Constitutional After Law’s Rewrite

Louisville attorney Hillerich: HISA will return U.S. racing to Sport of Kings, running off middle class, smaller outfits

The following is an editorial written by Louisville attorney, horse owner and breeder Ron Hillerich (photo courtesy Ron Hillerich):

I am a practicing attorney in Louisville, KY., and have been involved in the racing and breeding of thoroughbred horses since 1992. Over the years my partner and I have been blessed to operate a very small stable and currently have four horses in training and six 2-year-olds on the way. We also have five broodmares and a stallion who stands in Indiana. When I first became involved in the business, I was told racing was “the Sport of Kings” but through luck and dedicated effort we have been able to buck that perception and survive and profit in a most economically challenging industry. Our small stable has generated income for the Breeders’ Cup through fees associated with nominating our foals for participation as well as providing a source of income for numerous workers in the horse industry.

We have raced horses in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida and Maryland, all with not one iota of a problem preparing our horses to race and abide by the rules and regulations in these various jurisdictions. I understand the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) is attempting to bring unity to all of the various racing jurisdictions under the guise of making it a safer sport for the equine and human athletes and to promote confidence in our industry for the general public. Recently, the Fifth Circuit has held HISA unconstitutional and our Sixth Circuit has held that HISA is constitutional. Perhaps the United States Supreme Court will entertain this division in circuits, settling the issue once and for all and find, as I believe, that HISA is unconstitutional and, furthermore, completely unnecessary and too costly.

I am a firm believer in the old adage “less government makes better government.” In my opinion, HISA is an unnecessary extension of government control and redundant since the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the racetracks, and the courts have done an excellent job of policing our industry and protecting our horses. A quick glimpse at the punishments handed down by not only the various racing commissions but by the tracks themselves over the last several years provides strong proof of the effort made to protect the integrity of our sport and there is simply no need to create additional “red tape” and expense.


HISA, under the pretext of protecting the equine athlete and bringing uniformity to the industry, wants to further regulate and burden trainers and owners with additional, unnecessary rules and record keeping. Just one simple example: Trainers now have to, on a daily basis, record every medication/procedure administered by the trainer and/or his staff, a diagnosis/reason for the treatment and the name of the contact for the information of the person who administered the treatment. Does this mean that a groom who soaks a horse’s foot in Epsom salt or administers a chiropractic massage or any other number of common procedures will have to record these minor treatment modalities to have on hand if requested by HISA?

A smaller stable like ours simply does not have, nor can it afford, the record keeping and reporting that HISA is mandating. It is my belief that a smaller stable would need to employ a separate person just to oversee the record keeping for “big brother” and, of course, this additional cost will be passed on from the trainer to an owner like myself. Another example is the additional testing and vet exams now mandated and required by HISA, which cause more costs being passed along to the owner. The long and short of all of this is that HISA, through its zealousness to regulate, will negatively impact smaller stables, forcing them out of business. While thus returning horse racing to the “Sport of Kings,” a vital segment that provides very necessary economic support to the industry will be sacrificed.

HISA might argue it is not burdensome and/or costly, but not being fully transparent with their own budget makes their argument fall on deaf ears. Everyone is painfully aware that more control, regulation and red tape will create more cost and expense.

It is my belief that state racing commissions such as the KHRC, a state’s court system and the race tracks themselves can continue to implement and enforce the already existing rules and regulations regarding the proper care and treatment of our horses. The National HBPA, through the strong efforts of CEO Eric Hamelback, and the Kentucky HBPA, through the strong leadership of President Rick Hiles, have always been for national uniformity of fair and scientifically based policies that advance industry safety.

Additional regulation by HISA is simply redundant, unnecessary and will not change the horse industry for the better but will deprive smaller owners and stables, such as myself, the opportunity to participate in the future and result in economic loss to the industry, including the Breeders’ Cup.

Ron Hillerich, President Hillerich Racing, Inc.

325 W. Main Street, Suite 1810 Louisville, KY 40202

TDN – Sue Finley – Bill Walmsley, Iowa HBPA File Suit Against FTC Over HISA

TDN – Sal Sinatra To Serve As HISA Adviser

TDN – Thornton – Judge Orders Gulf Coast vs. HISA Case Transferred To Same Division As NHBPA Suit

Bloodhorse  – Byron King and Rollins – HISA’s Anti-Doping Program Suspended 30 Days


Hiles: KY Legislature’s resolution raising concerns about HISA shows reasonable persons understand its flaws
Click here to read the KY Senates’ resolution raising concerns about HISA
Click here to read the KY House’s resolution raising concerns about HISA

(Rick Hiles with Sugar Cube/Jennie Rees photo)

Statement from Kentucky HBPA President Rick Hiles on the Kentucky General Assembly unanimously passing a resolution (SR 243 and HR 98) raising concerns about the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act:

We applaud the Kentucky Senate, led by sponsors Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer and John Schickel, and the Kentucky House of Representatives, with Reps. Matt Koch and Al Gentry the sponsors, for their resolution that raises many of the concerns we have about the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and the private Authority corporation it created and granted broad powers.


No matter the inflammatory rhetoric slung at the National HBPA, the resolution — which passed unanimously in both the Senate and House on Thursday — shows that reasonable persons understand that HISA was rushed into existence with a flawed process. They understand our stated concerns about unintended consequences that could devastate portions of our industry across the country, including Kentucky.


It’s gratifying to have leadership that understands that the HISA challenge by the National HBPA, many of its affiliates including Kentucky, the United States Trotting Association, several state racing commissions and attorneys generals and others is because we all want our industry to be strong and to do better and better. All these parties are in complete support of measures that promote integrity, uniformity and fair racing but this must be accomplished only through lawful, accountable and transparent means.


Prominent in the resolution is the very real threat that the financial structure set up by this unfunded mandate will jeopardize small and medium-sized tracks and smaller stables. That in turn will have a huge impact on Kentucky’s breeding and racing industries, as well as the agribusiness that is fueled by horse racing.


Kentucky is blessed to have legislative leadership such as Senators Thayer and Schickel and Representatives Koch and Gentry, among others, who understand our industry, its complexities and appreciate that racing in Kentucky and elsewhere has many levels that contribute to the entire ecosystem. To destabilize parts of it, we believe, will have unintended consequences to all involved in the industry from top to bottom.

Rick Hiles is the longtime president of the Kentucky HBPA and the First Vice President of the National HBPA.

TDN – Thornton – Plaintiffs in Louisiana Lawsuit Make Case for Allowing Amended Complaint

Bloodhorse – The Water Hay Oats Alliance Announces Dissolution

Bloodhorse – Letter to the Editor: National HBPA’s Hypocrisy

Bloodhorse – HIWU Launches Anonymous Whistleblower Platforms

TDN – HISA Launches Whistleblower Platforms

Bloodhorse – EquiTrace Launches New HISA Portal Integration

Bloodhorse – OwnerView Webinar Focuses on HISA for Owners

Bloodhorse – HISA CEO Lazarus: Launch of ADMC a Historic Moment

Before HISA cracks out the champagne remember that it was also a Historic Moment for General George Custer at Little BigHorn.

Before HISA cracks out the champagne remember that the maiden voyage of the Titanic was also a Historic Moment.

Bloodhorse – FTC Approves HISA’s Anti-Doping Medication Control Rule

National HBPA statement on Approval of ADMC Rules

FTC’s Decision Leads to Increased Industry Confusion

LEXINGTON, KY –The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) released the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to approve of Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) rules proposed by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (Authority).
“The Authority is barreling forward to implement HISA, and the FTC is enabling it by rubber-stamping another set of seriously flawed rules,” said National HBPA President Doug Daniels, DVM. “Industry concerns must be taken into account, and we believe no one at the FTC is listening. That’s why the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled HISA unconstitutional in our lawsuit. Without our efforts, I fear for our future. Today, we plan to file a motion with the Northern District of Texas court asking the judge immediately to stop these rules from going into effect.”
On October 13, 2022, the Authority submitted to the FTC its proposed ADMC rules. On November 18, 2022, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled HISA unconstitutional. The court found that HISA violated the private non-delegation doctrine because the Act gave the FTC insufficient oversight over a private corporation that was tasked with regulating the industry. Shortly after, on December 12th, the FTC disapproved of the proposed rules citing legal uncertainty and a lack of uniformity throughout the U.S. due to the Fifth Circuit ruling. On December 29th, HISA was amended by Congress in a failed effort to “fix” the constitutional defects. In early January 2023, the Authority resubmitted the exact same rules for approval by the FTC. On March 3, 2023, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Fifth Circuit’s decision and found that HISA was constitutional. Today, the FTC approved the ADMC rules with no new notice and comment period and no changes whatsoever.

Bloodhorse – Downey – Judges Put HISA National Injunction Efforts on Hold

Paulick Report – HBPA Conference: Trio Of Trainers Call HISA ‘A Façade’ To Cover ‘Personal Agendas’

Phil has a question:

After you sift through all the conspiracy bullshit these assholes are spewing what are the personal agendas they are alleging.

Are they alleging that some HISA bureaucrats want a position where they get paid for looking out the window all day.

National HBPA – Trainers: HISA ‘is a facade’ to cover an agenda

Horsemen expect added costs to close tracks, run off owners

(Trainers Talk (from left): Jason Barkley, Ron Faucheux, Bret Calhoun and National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback. Photos by Denis Blake/National HBPA)

Story by Tom Law

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The 2023 National HBPA Annual Conference closed with a lively discussion with three prominent horsemen who questioned the need, validity and overreach of federal legislation pitched as the so-called savior of racing while the industry heads into a challenging economic and logistical future.


Bret Calhoun, Ron Faucheux and Jason Barkley participated in the Trainer’s Talk panel moderated by multiple Eclipse Award-winning journalist and media specialist Jennie Rees and talked about everything from the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, challenges facing small to mid-sized stables, finding and keeping help and what gives them motivation in spite of all of racing’s uncertainties.

HISA dominated the discussion – as it did much of the conference this week at The Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans – and the trio pulled no punches when it came to the controversial entity.

“The whole thing is a façade. It’s been all smoke and mirrors,” said Calhoun, a member of the Louisiana HBPA board who also maintains strings in Kentucky and Texas. “They sold this thing as the safety of the horse. It’s absolutely not about safety of horse. It’s a few people, with self-interest and they have their own personal agenda.

“If it was all about the horse we’d be spending a lot more time on racing surfaces. We could probably cure about 50 to 75 percent of the injuries if we had somebody overseeing surfaces on a daily, weekly basis. Not somebody taking soil samples before the meet and at the end of the meet and calling it good.

“They’ve been taking away certain medications, therapy machines, things that are truly beneficial. They’re having the opposite effect of what they’re saying … safety of the horse and rider. They’re doing absolutely the opposite. Like I said, it’s all a façade.”

Faucheux, also a member of the Louisiana HBPA board and just two back of the leader on the Fair Grounds’ leading trainer’s list that he topped for the 2021-2022 meeting, conditions a stable of about 60 horses and hasn’t left his native state since HISA rules went into effect last summer.

“I haven’t signed up and I won’t sign up. I’ll get out of training if I have to sign up,” Faucheux said. “A stable like mine, 55-, 60-horse stable, I couldn’t afford the cost of having to hire somebody to do the paperwork for me. The added expenses of it all, it wouldn’t work financially for me. It’s a struggle to get by the last couple years. Feed costs have gone up 50 percent, hay, shavings, it doesn’t make financial sense for a trainer in Louisiana year-round to sign up and have to take on all those added fees because right now we’re barely making it as it is.”

Barkley maintains a stable of about 30 horses based at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park in the winter and in Kentucky the majority of the year. A member of the Kentucky HBPA board and a third-generation horseman, Barkley said he feels the impact of the regulations already and only sees them as potential obstacles for trainers hoping to grow their stables.

“A lot of my smaller clients they don’t want to pay the added cost of a per-start fee, the extra vet checks, and all the added fees they want to put on us,” Barkley said. “There’s added costs and the time to do all the work. Between me and my main assistant, who is my wife, Shelbi, we do the extra paperwork, keeping track of everything. We already kept track of what every horse got every day but to then have to put it into files, that doubles the workload. That is time taken away from actually working with your horses, which is what you should really be focused on.”

Rees steered the discussion away from HISA at several points but the new laws found a way back, much like many of the prior panels during the week-long conference in the French Quarter.

“What is HISA’s ultimate goal? I’m sure there is one,” Faucheux said. “To me it looks like about half the racetracks to close down and about half the people to get out of it. And I think that’s what will eventually happen if it’s implemented across the country, over the span of several years.”

“These are people sitting in offices and coming up with these rules and regulations that really aren’t for the benefit of the horse, the riders, the owner, the industry as a whole,” Calhoun said. “It’s not good for the industry. … To get this bill, to attach it to a Covid bill, an emergency bill, that’s something that should be stopped with every instance. No emergency bill should ever have anything attached to it. That’s how they got this going. … That’s how Congress works, unfortunately.”

The trainers also agreed on that another major challenge they face – finding and keeping good help. That situation was difficult well before the pandemic and exacerbated since.

“I’ve got a family of like 15 that work for me,” Barkley said, joking that his 2-year-old daughter was back at the barn mixing feed while he attended the panel. “A lot of it’s you get good people that know good people, and hopefully keep pulling them in that way.”

Calhoun called it an “impossible task” he and his colleagues face nationwide.

“Since Covid, there’s now a reduced number of employees that you can find,” Calhoun said. “That’s part of issue. Then you add HISA costs to this and our labor costs are through the roof. It’s the highest bidder and eventually you’re losing significant money to stay in business.”

The trainers still possess great passion for racing – and the horse – despite all the challenges lumped on them from the boardrooms and from lingering economic issues stemming from the pandemic.

“When I realized quite early that I wasn’t going to be the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints I said I want to do this,” Faucheux said. “This is probably second to that. But all jokes aside, I love it. I love being a trainer. I love my horses, the staff and I love the lifestyle. … There’s a lot that goes along with it that can sour you up. Recently, with HISA brought about, and the price increases of everything, it makes it hard to go on and do it the way you want to do it.”

Calhoun acknowledged that winning 20 percent of the time – which very likely might get a trainer consideration for the Hall of Fame over a long career – still meant losing bunches of races along the way. But it’s the winning that makes it worth it, he said.

“That’s what drives me,” Calhoun said. “And the horse is what makes you want to get up every morning and do it.”

Barkley agreed, and echoed sentiments of one of his colleagues with a large stable spread out in multiple states.

“I just love the action. It’s all fun to me,” Barkley said. “I heard Mike Maker say, ‘they’ll run out of stalls before I run out of horses,’ and that’s kind of how I think. Bring them on, we’ll fight the fight as well as we can for as long as we can. … It’s all fun for me.”

Bloodhorse – NHPBA – LA Attorney General Predicts Additional HISA Litigation

Eric Hamelback, CEO, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association: “Today, we stand firmly on our victory in the Fifth Circuit, however we are disappointed in the Sixth Circuit ruling. We have stated from the onset that there are multiple aspects of unconstitutionality plaguing HISA. The Fifth Circuit ruled on the arguments presented to them, and the Sixth Circuit ruled on the arguments they were presented. With that, we remain confident in our arguments and committed to our case. As seen now, the shifting legal uncertainty only upholds more confusion ahead for the industry and should lead everyone to agree we need a new bill to correct this uncertainty. We will keep fighting all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary to protect our industry and make sure our rules and regulations are built on a legal foundation.”

Paulick Report – Paulick – Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Finds HISA Constitutional

Bloodhorse – Downey – 6th Circuit Appeals Court Declares HISA Constitutional

TDN – Ross – California First to Sign Voluntary Agreement, Pay HISA 2023 Fees

Phil has a question:

Does any participant in Alberta racing who has witnessed the absolute clusterfuck of Horse Racing Alberta think that HISA will be a benefit to US horse Racing.

What does the Undertaker really do.

TDN – Lucinda Finley Q&A: “Long Litigation Road Ahead” For HISA

Paulick Report – ‘It’s A Shame It’s Come To This’: Fonner Park Cancels Interstate Wagering Over HISA Concerns

Bloodhorse – Downey – HISA Opponents Seek National Injunction

Paulick Report – Fifth Circuit Denies HISA’s Request To Vacate Ruling Against It

TDN – Thornton and Sue Finley – Fifth Circuit Judges Deny Motions Related to Rewritten HISA Law

Bloodhorse – Downey – Fifth Circuit Again Slaps Down HISA, FTC

Hamelback statement on 5th Circuit denying HISA motion

‘This should remind everyone that constitutionality isn’t optional’
Statement from Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ denying the recent HISA motion:
“We view this as additional strong evidence as to the valid concerns we have been raising all along and this should remind everyone that constitutionality isn’t optional. We have made it very clear that the one-sentence so-called fix tucked into Congress’ must-pass year-end spending bill did not address all the legal questions created in the HISA corporation’s enabling legislation.
“With that said, it’s extremely gratifying that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the HISA corporation’s motion to vacate the Appellate Court’s original unanimous opinion that found the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act unlawful.
“Citing the legal uncertainties in the wake of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling, the FTC issued an order on Dec. 12 of 2022 disapproving the Anti-Doping and Medication Control proposed rules submitted by the HISA corporation until those questions regarding constitutional challenges are resolved. Therefore, it was the height of arrogance for the HISA corporation to recently resubmit such rules on the pretext that the so-called fix actually was one. As we see it now more than ever, the Fifth Circuit Court made it clear significant constitutional questions remain with HISA .
“To be clear, absolutely nothing has changed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals since the FTC originally rejected these rules, and the FTC must wait on the outcome of ongoing litigation to be resolved. Along with a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Congressmen, we believe the FTC must reject these again based on the unconstitutional uncertainty.”

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Biden Signs Omnibus Bill With HISA Language Into Law

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – FTC Rejects HISA Anti-Doping and Medication Rules

TDN – Lowe – Letter to the Editor: Sport of Kings vs. King of Sports

TDN – Thornton – HISA Opponents Spar On Fifth Circuit’s Unconstitutionality Ruling

TDN – Conservative Judges in Sixth Circuit Appeals Court “Does Not Bode Well” for HISA

Bloodhorse – Downey – HBPA: HISA Still ‘Law of the Land’ Except in Two States

TDN – Thornton – No Matter Which Way HISA Goes, CHRB Confident on Rules Consistency

Paulick Report – ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’: Potential Outcomes Following HISA Ruling Could Include Supreme Court Or Congressional Edits

Paulick Report – ARCI’s Martin: ‘Storm Cloud Hanging Over Regulatory Actions Taken By HISA’

TDN – Thornton – Temporary Stay From August Lifted in Different HISA Suit

Bloodhorse – Downey – Many Options Remain in HISA Constitutionality Cases

TDN – Ross – Q and A With Constitutional Law Expert Lucinda Finley

Bloodhorse – Letter to the Editor from Ed Martin, ARCI. -Differing Legal Opinions Will Guide States

Bloodhorse – Downey – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: HISA Unconstitutional

TDN – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds HISA Unconstitutional


Statement from NHBPA CEO Eric Hamelback

on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling HISA unconstitutional

5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ 3-0 opinion ruling HISA unconstitutional
“It is the duty of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to protect horsemen across the country and that is not a responsibility I take lightly,” said Eric Hamelback, CEO of the NHBPA. “From HISA’s onset, we have thoroughly and fairly examined the HISA corporation’s impact on our industry and its constitutionality. We operated in good faith and did our due diligence to appropriately weigh the pros and cons. We have been saying for years this law and the defined Authority itself are unconstitutional and we are pleased the court has unanimously sided with our position, an outcome many in our industry thought was impossible.

“Today’s unanimous ruling clearly states the entity constructed under HISA is an unconstitutional body and should not hold governing power over our industry, a position we have long supported. On behalf of the NHBPA, I can assure you that we will be following this development closely and support the power reverting back into the hands of the State Racing Commissions. I will keep our members updated as we continue exploring the ruling further as more details come to the surface. We are very appreciative of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for the thorough analysis and opinion. We also thank the many industry stakeholders who supported us in our effort to ensure that horsemen are not subject to an unconstitutional law.”

Media contact:

Eric Hamelback,

CEO, National HBPA


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TDN – Bill Finley and Dan Ross- Court Decision on HISA Creates Chaos

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