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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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Paulick Report Presents Regulatory Meeting Bingo Card: Making Monotony Fun Again

Whether you’re a journalist or an industry representative, chances are good you’ve found yourself sitting in a dimly-lit conference room, listening to a panel of experts opine on the state of the horse racing industry. How, you may wonder, can you appear alert and interested in canned speeches and grandstanding as the proceedings enter their […]

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ARCI ‘Town Hall’ Set For Friday At Belmont

The Association of Racing Commissioners International will hold it’s eleventh “Town Hall” meeting this Friday, June 17th, at Belmont Park at 10:30 am in the Belmont Room on the second floor of the facility. Those interested in participating should pre-register using this LINK – https://racingintegrity.wufoo.com/forms/myh60h91xgreh5/ . There is no cost. Following the meeting at Belmont, one […]

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RCI Posts Official Revisions To Model Rules

The revisions to its racing regulatory standards that were adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its meeting last month in New Orleans were formally posted today. Among them, sections pertaining to Medical Labeling were strengthened to ensure that improper medications are not being used in racing and to strengthen racing commission […]

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