Racing Commissioners International

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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What Good Is A Model Rule In Horse Racing If No One Follows It?

Imagine, for a minute, that the rules governing the National Football League were developed the same way as horse racing regulations. During an annual meeting, personnel from the NFL league office would discuss and approve “model rules” for the game, then team owners around the league would be encouraged – but not required – to adopt them. […]

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Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California while working as a handicapper and editor in the Los Angeles offices of Daily Racing Form. I […]

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RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire Arkansas Horse Racing Industry Opposes Federal Bills.” Among other things, Lamberth said any initiative to […]

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ARCI, NHBPA Express Opposition To Proposed Horseracing Integrity Act

Following statements in response to the proposed Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 are from the Association of Racing Commissioners International and National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association: The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) is in the process of analyzing the full impact of the Barr/Tonko proposal announced today.  In response to media requests […]

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Racing Commissioners International: Wagner, Colliton Elected As Officers

With the recent elevation of Mark Lamberth, commissioner from the Arkansas Racing Commission, as its 2015 Chairman, the Association of Racing Commissioners International tapped Louisiana commissioner Judy Wagner to serve as Secretary/Chairperson-Elect and Washington State Racing Commission member Jeff Colliton as Treasurer. Lamberth, a Thoroughbred owner, was appointed to the Arkansas Racing Commission in 2011 […]

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RMTC: Cobalt Data Analysis Has Been Problematic

The following is a response to a column by Ray Paulick earlier this week concerning the approval of a threshold level for cobalt by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium: The Paulick Report recently reported on the alleged slow progress that was made by RMTC and the horseracing industry on the issue of cobalt regulation.  In […]

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RCI Creates Scientific Advisory Board, Invites RMTC To Consider Merger

The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has voted to create a permanent scientific advisory board to develop recommendations upon which anti-doping programs are conducted, modeled in part after the process conducted in human sport by the Partnership for Clean Competition. “The RCI Board believes the advisory process on racing medication and anti-doping policy can […]

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California Justice: 30 Days for Class 1 Violation?

Seventeen months after the horse Red Dwarf won a maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields in California with the prohibited drug zilpaterol in his system, his trainer, Genaro O. Vallejo, has been suspended 30 days and fined $3,000. At the time of the violation, Zilpaterol was classified by the California Horse Racing Board as […]

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RCI Approval Sets Stage for Uniform Medication Rules

Racing Commissioners International (RCI) today gave final approval to the “RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule”, setting the stage for uniform implementation of racing medication rules in the United States and beyond. The RCI schedule is intended to be a guide for testing laboratories in determining the level at which the presence of a substance would […]

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