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Commentary: Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Has Chance At Redemption

On the eve of its monthly meeting in Harrisburg, Pa., the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is at a crossroads, writes Joe Gorajec in his RacingRegs blog at horseracingreform.com, because of what he called a “mess of its own making” in how a number of positive drug tests have been handled by regulators. “One road leads […]

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ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A ‘Red Herring’

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a July 10 commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec addressing comments to the United States Congress made by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International  (ARCI), along with a series of alleged inconsistencies in regulatory oversight in Pennsylvania. Gorajec is […]

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Uniformity In Penalties And Drug Thresholds? RCI And Pennsylvania Regulators Have Some Explaining To Do

To: Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI): I read with great interest your testimony before Congress last month in the hearing regarding the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. In your remarks, you defended our current system of medication regulation in the United States and stated there is “total uniformity in […]

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Gorajec: Transparency And Accountability Missing Among U.S. Racing Regulators

Writing at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former longtime Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec asks why racing regulators in the United States keep horsemen and the public in the dark about out-of-competition drug testing. California and Delaware regulators publish information about out-of-competition testing in their annual reports, but getting similar statistics from other states […]

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Jockey Concussion Protocol Among Revisions to ARCI Model Rules

The Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Board of Directors has approved the latest revisions to its Model Rules of Racing, including protocol for when riders sustain concussions, best practices when lightning is in the area and raising the scale of weights in Quarter Horse racing. The model rules provide the template for racing regulatory entities […]

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‘Thick Skin And Broad Shoulders’: Guilfoil Speaks For The Horses

Marc Guilfoil’s love affair with horses started well before he hocked his high school senior ring to have money to go to Keeneland one afternoon while attending the University of Kentucky. He correctly figured he’d miss being at the track more than he’d miss the ring. “I was thinking about that today when I was […]

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ARCI: Embracing Technological Innovation At The Betting Window

Horse racing must make better use of technology to create new betting products and experiences or it will be left behind other sports and entertainment industries. That was the message of Friday’s technology session on closing day of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 84th annual Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity at the Hotel Hot […]

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ARCI Kickoff Luncheon Honors Oaklawn Heroes Charles Cella, Cecil Alexander

Starting at the top, Arkansas’ pari-mutuel industry was spotlighted at Wednesday’s luncheon kicking off the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 84th annual Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity at the Hotel Hot Springs. Gov. Asa Hutchinson lauded Oaklawn Park; the track’s influential owner Charles Cella, who died in December, was remembered, and Cecil Alexander, […]

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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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Connie Winn To Chair ARCI Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee

Connie Winn, the Oregon Racing Commission’s Supervisor of Account Wagering Hubs has been appointed by ARCI Chairman Jeff Colliton to Chair the Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee. Sylvie Dubreuil of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has been designated as Vice-Chair. The ARCI Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee provides the racing regulatory network with essential input concerning wagering system security, […]

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