GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, March 2, 2022) - Officials at Lone Star Park today announced that hair testing will be introduced as a condition of entry for all Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa breeds, for the 2022 Fall Meeting of Champions featuring American Quarter Horses beginning September 16, 2022.
For the 2022 Fall Meeting of Champions, a negative hair test free from prohibited substances as set out in the Texas Racing Act and the Texas Rules of Racing will be required before any horse can enter any race at Lone Star Park.
“We are implementing these new measures at Lone Star Park to mirror the project we began at Remington Park in 2018,” said Matt Vance, Lone Star Park Executive Vice President of Racing. “The overall awareness garnered from our Remington program has proven to be very successful. Our goal with this testing is to ensure a level playing field for all, and we hope our participants understand how this change helps us achieve that goal and is a benefit to racing at Lone Star Park.”
Lone Star Park’s hair testing program is being introduced with the support of the Texas Racing Commissioners and Executive Director, Amy F. Cook. "The best way to protect the animals and participants engaged in the sport of horse racing is through strong partnerships, which in this case, has resulted in a great solution that demonstrates the shared responsibility we all have in this industry."
The announcement was made today to provide time for all Lone Star Park racing participants the opportunity to prepare for the new condition. Lone Star Park’s 2022 Fall Meeting of Champions featuring American Quarter Horses begins on September 16 and runs through December 17.