association of racing commissioners international

No More Lip: TRPB Set For 2020 Digital Tattoo Mandate

With the introduction of a digital tattoo system now less than four months away, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) announced that it has conducted technician training in 25 states and five Canadian provinces, and that more than 900 Thoroughbreds have already received their digital tattoos. The new system is scheduled for full implementation by […]

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Former CHRB Chairman Defends Actions On Positive Test Dismissal; ARCI Advisory Contradicts Statement On Potential Penalty

Chuck Winner, the former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, issued the following statement concerning the CHRB’s decision to dismiss possible sanctions resulting from a positive test for scopolamine, detected in a post-race sample from the April 7, 2018, Santa Anita Derby of eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. As reported in the New York […]

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RMTC Approves Model Rules For Bisphosphonates Regulation

At its August 19 meeting at Del Mar Turf Club in Del Mar, California, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved a model rule for the regulation of bisphosphonates as well as further regulations and stacking prohibitions for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and intra-articular (IA) injections. The proposed Model Rule for the regulation […]

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Commentary: Uniform Rules In Horse Racing Won’t Happen Without Compromise

For as long as I’ve covered horse racing, I’ve been asking people to define their biggest concern about the sport. For my entire career, the top two, conveniently dovetailed answers have been the same: central regulatory authority and uniform rules. Those who want a commissioner of horse racing usually want one so they will impose […]

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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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Has RCI Gone To The Dogs? California Regulators May Drop Membership

Citing a new formula determining board seats and philosophical differences over medication policy, the California Horse Racing Board will consider withdrawing its membership in the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Thursday’s regularly scheduled CHRB meeting in Pleasanton, Calif. According to the meeting package prepared for Thursday’s meeting, the CHRB has been a member of […]

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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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Gorajec: RCI’s Scare Tactics On Lasix Ban Disingenuous, Ill-Informed And Just Plain Shameful

I was incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) had just issued a press release warning its member commissions that any attempt to ban the administration of race-day Lasix could lead to the inhumane practices of administering formaldehyde as a Lasix substitute and have horses denied feed […]

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