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DR. SCOT A. WATERMAN JOINS NTRA RACING INTEGRITY AND DRUG TESTING TASK FORCE
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Scot A. Waterman, DVM, will fill the newly created position of director of procedures and methods for the NTRA Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force. Waterman will be based in Lexington, Ky., and assume his duties immediately.
Waterman will oversee and be responsible for the Task Force's methods development efforts. He will also coordinate initiatives of state racing commissions and the various testing and research laboratories participating in the Task Force's drug testing program.
A graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) where he won the Program's "Distinguished Senior" award, Waterman is a registered veterinarian and was the owner/operator of North Hills Animal Hospital in Chamblee, Ga., from 1993 to 1998. During his enrollment in the RTIP, Waterman served an internship at the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Lexington. He has also authored several industry research studies including "The Funding of Equine Medical Research Through Pari-Mutuel Handle," "Racing Commission Relationships with Tribal Gaming Facilities," and "Racetrack Personnel: A Comparative Study."
"I am delighted to be able to bring someone with Scot's skills and credentials on board," said Jim Gallagher, executive director of the NTRA Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force. "Now that the testing of post-race samples is in full swing, Scot's expertise will be instrumental in maintaining quality assurance and developing the very best practices and procedures that can be implemented on a national scale."
Funding for the NTRA Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force is separate from the NTRA's general budget. Private benefactors and an initial allocation of $300,000 from the National Thoroughbred Association, which has since merged with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, are the primary funders for the Task Force. The Task Force is charged with developing recommendations for NTRA-endorsed policies and programs in the racing integrity and drug testing areas.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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