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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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ARCI Updates Model Rules; All Penalty Guidelines To Be Reviewed

Stewards and Judges will be given greater flexibility to consider mitigating factors in deciding whether to deny the purse and disqualify a horse for lessor violations of racing’s medication rules under the latest version of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules of Racing. Version 8.1, now available on the ARCI’s website www.arci.com, […]

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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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Trainers Claim Contamination Causing Naproxen Positives At Charles Town

  Ahead of Charles Town Race’s centerpiece stakes card Saturday, featuring the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, a number of trainers say they have concerns about the track’s receiving barn. Charles Town has seen a rash of positive tests for naproxen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (the human form is sold as Aleve). According to rulings reports […]

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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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Gorajec: Trainer’s Testing History Initiative Would Provide ‘Assurance’ Of Regulation

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing in the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, has proposed a new initiative that should help to improve the public perception of the horse racing industry, calling it the “Trainer’s Testing History Initiative.” He suggests that racing commissions publish a monthly list of the trainers whose horses have been tested out of […]

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