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ARCI Seeks Comment On Proposals For Stricter Doping Violation Penalties

The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) has released for industry and public comment Proposed Revised Penalty Guidelines for violations of the antidoping or medication rules in horse racing. The proposed modifications represent the first major rewrite of the penalty guidelines in more than a decade […]

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RCI: No Evidence Furosemide Contributes To Breakdowns, No Change In Policy Forthcoming

The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee that they […]

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Gorajec: What Horseracing Can Learn From ‘Groundhog Day’

In his latest opinion piece in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec compares horse racing’s effort to adopt national rules to the Bill Murray character in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Specifically looking at out-of-competition testing, Gorajec writes that in December 2016 the Association of Racing Commissioners International passed model rules recommended by the […]

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Kentucky Commission Adopts RCI Model Drug Rules

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept model drug rules set by the Association for Racing Commissioners International. Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, said the updates represented about a year’s work and more than 175 individual edits to bring the state’s rules in line with ARCI. Scollay […]

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Gorajec: Skeptical Whether Racing Will Implement Out-Of-Competition Testing After A ‘Decade Of Neglect’

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, discusses his reasons for remaining skeptical regarding out-of-competition testing, and whether or not it will actually be implemented in the sport. Gorajec points out that the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which adopted the model rules for out-of-competition testing at its board meeting in December […]

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Rhea P. Loney Appointed Chair of RCI’s Regulatory Attorneys Committee

Rhea P. Loney, who led the successful “frog juice” prosecution of Quarter Horse trainers in Louisiana, has been appointed chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s regulatory attorneys committee, ARCI chair Judy Wagner announced. Loney is a state assistant attorney general who has been a member of the regulatory attorneys committee since she began […]

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Gorajec: RCI’s New Integrity Compliance Committee ‘Changes Nothing’

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, mocks the Association of Racing Commissioners International for creating a new committee, the Integrity Compliance Committee, that will “grade” states on how well they are complying with components of the national uniform medication program. Citing readily available information and a color-coded map on the Racing […]

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‘They Just Want To Ride’: Small Changes In Scale Of Weights Have Big Impact On Jockeys’ Health

Somewhere in a corner of the jockeys’ room at Santa Anita Park hangs an old set of forgotten silks. Veteran rider Mike Smith thinks they’re only about 20 years old, but when a few other jockeys found them and tried them on, the silks didn’t fit. “I think society in general is different and we […]

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Model Rules Committee Expands Out-Of-Competition Testing Rule, Adjusts Multiple Medication Violation Points

The upcoming version of the ARCI Model Rules for Racing will contain important modifications that will adjust MMV (Multiple Medication Violation) points so minor and isolated infractions are not treated on par with more serious violations in determining extra penalties. The modifications were requested by an almost unanimous vote of the Racing Medication and Testing […]

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RCI Board Approves Compliance Certification, Audit Of Individual Steward Stands

The Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International has voted to create a regulatory compliance program, setting minimum integrity standards based on the RCI Model Rules its members are encouraged to implement. Under the program, an independent three person panel of former regulators no longer associated with any particular commission will determine […]

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