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DOPING RACKET

RACING IN AMERICA FEDERAL LAW PREPARED (From "The Post's" Representative.) 1 > 6 NEW YORK, April 22. The. United States Government has issued a final warning to the States that, unless the prevailing practice ,of doping racehorses ceases. Federal j legislation will be passed to bring the . offenders to justice. It is authorita- . tively stated that in only two States, . New York and Florida, narcotics are L not used to stimulate or depress race- , horses. A tentative draft of a law ', has already, been prepared by the 1 Treasury, to prohibit the inter-State [ transport of, drugged horses: for racing . purposes and to deny licences to persons guilty of this practice. Any , horse found to have t been drugged , would not be permitted to travel be- , yond one State. 2 Three years ago it was discovered 1 that the injection of narcotics into £ racehorses,- thoroughbred and olherj wise, had become universal. Investigation disclosed that the practice j was unknown in Canada, where racing . followed closely the traditions of the j English Turf. An appeal was made . to the States, many of which found, that they were helpless in the face of 3 the nation-wide activities of Turf racketeers. For instance, when a ' gang decided to bet against the fay- ' ourite, it was invariably discovered, if t the question'were' raised after the race, , that the defeated favourite had been \ "doped." f . The criminal fraternity easily outv witted the racing authorities when f they decided to make saliva tests, j These were applied to two races at f each meeting, with the.result that the i proportion of "doped" horses in the ; . last race increased alarmingly. The 1 Federal authorities made their final c appeal to the racing commissions and ! secured a pledge that the practice •I would be checked by a national com- •„ mission, on which would be reprej sented Federal and State authorities and the racing fraternity. The Federal Government, in its drive to clean up the lurf, has had ;- the assistance of Temple University, :1 the Polytechnic Institute, Univer-.ities f of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and Gov- )- eminent laboratories.

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DOPING RACKET, Evening Post, Issue 118, 20 May 1936

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DOPING RACKET Evening Post, Issue 118, 20 May 1936

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