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Pennsylvania Announces New Medication Regulations

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today that aggressive new regulations instituted by the state Horse Racing Commission are proving effective in strengthening the integrity of the state’s equine racing industry. Redding, who serves as chairman of the state’s Horse Racing Commission, noted that three new regulations demonstrate the state’s ongoing commitment to protect equine athletes […]

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American Quarter Horse Association Statement: ‘AQHA Endorses Racing Integrity’

Recent industry headlines have chronicled stories about areas of concern in racing that still need to be addressed. The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to protecting the welfare of the American Quarter Horse on and off the racetrack. The Association has not joined in the barrage of media focused on these topics; instead, AQHA has been […]

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New York Moving Closer To Adopting Medication Threshold Standards

The New York State Gaming Commission has begun the process of becoming compliant with the national model rules set forth by the Association of Racing Commissioners International regarding medication threshold standards and uniform medication rules. According to a report in the BloodHorse, state regulators adopted thresholds for three drugs – detomidine, omeparazole, and xylazine. The board also expanded the equine […]

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ARCI Conference Honors Hopkins, RMTC; Jeff Colliton New Chairman

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and long-time Maryland Racing Commission executive director Michael J. Hopkins have received the highest awards given by the organization that represents racing regulators. The Association of Racing Commissioners International honored the RMTC with its William May Award and Hopkins with the Len Foote Award at its awards luncheon Thursday, […]

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ARCI’s Martin: Let USADA Bid To Do Equine Drug Testing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, closed out the racing regulators’ equine welfare and integrity conference Thursday by urging his member organizations to extend an invitation to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to bid on their equine drug-testing contracts. USADA is the national anti-doping organization in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic […]

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ARCI Conference: ‘Policing The Backside’, Adopting Uniform Whip Rules Discussed On Day Two

The American Quarter Horse Association is pioneering cost-effective loaner integrity teams that provide investigative reinforcements for the sprint sport’s big-event days. The AQHA program was the main focus of discussion on Wednesday’s panel “Policing the Backside: A View from the Front Line” on the second of the three-day Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 83rd annual […]

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ARCI Panel: Out-Of-Competition Testing, Additional Investigators Among Best Ways To Stop Cheating

Increased out-of-competition testing, investing in additional investigators and re-search into emerging threats is the most effective way to catch — and, more importantly, deter — cheating in horse racing. That was the big take-away from the drug-testing forum on opening day of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 83rd annual conference on Equine Welfare and […]

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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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Champion Handicapper Matties Joining ARCI Panel Discussion On Racing Integrity, Welfare

Are our testing laboratories catching the cheaters? And are our racing officials getting it right? Those are among the hot-button topics that promise insightful and lively discussion at the ARCI Conference on Racing Integrity and Welfare that runs Tuesday through Thursday at the Charleston Marriott. The three days of panels and presentations address issues facing […]

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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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