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Old 07-29-2022, 10:02 PM   #131
Al Gobbi
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HISA Appeals Injunction, But Judge Says No to Reversing Earlier Order

In the aftermath of a federal judge's ruling earlier this week that will keep the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) rules from going into effect in Louisiana and West Virginia while a lawsuit challenging those regulations is pending, the HISA Authority responded Friday with a series of legal actions that attempt to both reverse and clarify that injunction order.

The most significant of the July 29 filings from the HISA Authority defendants was a notice that they are appealing Judge Terry Doughty's July 26 decision to grant a preliminary injunction to the plaintiffs, who are led by the states of Louisiana and West Virginia, plus the Jockeys' Guild. This new appeal will be heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

There was also this news today regarding HISA
HISA Amends Hind Shoe Rules After Meeting with Horsemen

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority announced July 29 that enforcement of certain aspects of its horseshoe rules would not be enforced when the rule is enacted Aug. 1. Specifically, enforcement shall not apply to horses racing on dirt surfaces that are shod on the hindlimbs with traction devices of either a full outer rim shoe or a toe grab up to four millimeters in height.

The rule change followed a July 19 meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., between the HISA Safety Committee and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors, and representatives of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and Thoroughbred Owners of California. Among the short-term and long-term issues discussed was the shoe rule, which has generated significant concern among horsemen for its potential to negatively affect the safety and welfare of horses, according to THA.
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