The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) on Monday approved unanimously (7-0) an expanded drug testing program that includes out-of-competition testing.
"The racing commission believes that this rule is necessary to address the serious and present threat to the integrity of racing," NJRC executive director Frank Zanzuccki was quoted as saying. “The administration of foreign substances to a horse to enhance his racing performance strikes at the heart of the public's confidence in horse racing."
The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association had earlier filed a letter of protest over the new rules, but it has since withdrawn that paperwork.
The NJRC also approved a $25,000 donation by the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey to the New Jersey Horse Alliance to help promote horse racing in the state.