Williams' Discussion On HISA Continues

Published: August 23, 2021 09:40 am EDT

In the third episode of USTA President Russell Williams’ three-part videos series on why Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) law is bad for harness racing, he explains the dangers of additional costs that will drive owners, trainers and tracks out of business.

With no federal funding, Williams says the unknown and exorbitant costs of HISA for medication testing, investigations and legal expenses can all be charged in fees to harness racing participants and threatens to change racing into “a rich man’s hobby.”

Watch the third episode, “USTA President Russell Williams: A Small Group of Rich Men Want Racing to Go Back to Being a Rich Man’s Hobby,” below.

In the first video, “USTA President Russell Williams Explains the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act and Why it is Unconstitutional,” Williams explained that HISA is unconstitutional and discussed why the alternative Racehorse Health and Safety Act (RHSA), which is draft legislation created with the input of practicing veterinarians, horsemen, regulators and the USTA, should replace it.

In part two, Williams asked about HISA: “Which One Deserves the Public Trust: Veterinary Science or Optics?”

(With files from USTA)