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Tommy Thompson heads racing safety alliance

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has been chosen to oversee a national horse racing alliance that could lead to a ban on steroids and the beginning of uniform medication rules.

  The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced the formation of the Safety and Integrity Alliance on Wednesday and outlined other industry reforms.

  Thompson will serve as the alliance's independent counsel.

  The initiatives are the most ambitious in the sport's history.

  They come at a time when thoroughbred racing is under pressure to create safer conditions for horses and jockeys.

  Other initiatives announced earlier include improved drug testing, injury reporting and prevention, safety research and care for retired horses.

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