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After Horse Deaths, Rep. Tonko Introduces Horse Racing Integrity Act

After a spike in horse deaths at California's Santa Anita Park garnered national attention and criticism, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito believes the time is finally ripe for change in the racing industry.
 
“I’m not happy with what’s going on with the sport, that’s why I’m compelled to speak out,” Zito said.
 
Zito, who has trained horses since the 1970s, joined Congressman Paul Tonko outside Saratoga's main gate Thursday to announce his support of Tonko's Horse Racing Integrity Act.
 
“The game is bigger than everyone. We’re in dire straits right now,” Zito said. 
 
First introduced several years ago, Tonko's bill would establish uniform standards in the industry, and though 38 states currently have horse racing, each have their own rules and regulations. 
 
"This national response will allow for the removal of this patchwork of solutions and provide a standard outcome,” Tonko said.
 

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