TX - Senator proposes stricter testing for race horses

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:12am

LAS CRUCES, N.M (KDBC) -- Legislation to change racehorse testing laws in New Mexico has been filed in the legislature by Las Cruces area Senator Mary Kay Papen.

Horse racing in New Mexico saw a year where there were several cases of doping, prompting for stricter penalties and allegations the Zetas drug cartel was using the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack to launder money.

"I just want our reputation in New Mexico to be one of the top cleanest horse racing states in the United States," said Senator Papen.

Papen said she wants to help improve the sport by requiring the best testing available.

"Blood plasma now is the high standard in testing, so we need to be going to a lab like Kentucky," Papen said.

The proposed legislation as written would require samples be examined by an independent lab to assure accuracy.

Papen hopes the bill can also fund more employees to oversee the state's racetracks.

"We also need more inspectors that go around the tracks and are looking and doing what needs to be done," Papen said.

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