I know of no racing fan which would dispute the goals of the Jockey Club; in fact I dare say almost all fans would be in support of such legislation. However, make no mistake, if the Jockey Club is successful in its goals for federal regulation, it is fair to assume standardbred and quarter horse racing will be dragged along like it or not. Let's face it, compared finances and influence, standardbred racing would be considered a poor cousin to the thoroughbred industry. Plus, when it comes to which segment of the racing industry has the 'moral highground', thoroughbred racing has the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to lay claim to whereas the standardbred industry lacks a similar program. Partner with the quarter horse industry if they oppose the Jockey Clubs' effort, do you think joining forces with a group which openly supports horse slaughter is going to win standardbred racing any friends?
Quite honestly, if the standardbred industry was dragged along, it wouldn't be such a bad thing (assuming Uniform Medication Rules were breed-specific). Let's face, racing has failed miserably in ridding itself of cheats, and detecting the latest designer drug being used on race horses of which blame falls just as much if not more on the individual states which under fund testing and lack the will to hit those pharmaceutical trainers hard with penalties, whether it be financial or time constraints which factor into the equation.
Not that federal intervention would be such a bad thing. My only concern would be whether or not uniform drug guidelines would be breed-specific or the one size fits all. Many would be concerned about race day administration of Lasix, and (in those states which allow) bute becoming a thing of the past. This may force breeders to look to expand the bloodlines to get more of an influence from non-bleeders.