Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis

It began with a media death watch during a cold and wet winter at Santa Anita Park. As the number of racing and training fatalities increased at the Arcadia, Calif., track (it topped out at 30 from Dec. 26 through June 22), local and then national media began to take notice. Santa Anita owner Belinda […]

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Ed Martin On RCI: ‘We Strive To Do What Is Right, By The Horse, By The Public, By The Sport’

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), in response to a commentary by former regulator Joe Gorajec concerning a decision made last month by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to withdraw its membership in the RCI. I think it helpful to […]

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Gorajec: RCI Kicked To The Curb By California Horse Racing Board; Who’s Next?

I listened to last Thursday’s audio broadcast of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) meeting as it withdrew, by unanimous vote, as a member of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). I was an active member of the RCI for 25 years when I was the executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission […]

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California Commissioners Unanimously Vote To Withdraw From RCI

At a Thursday meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioners unanimously approved a measure to withdraw from the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), citing differing philosophies, among other issues. The possibility of withdrawal had come up after commissioners say a change in the RCI’s structure awarded board positions based on number of wagering […]

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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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