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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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ARCI: Lasix Ban May Lead To Inhumane Practices Such As Injecting Formaldehyde

All racing regulatory commissions have been put on notice that the banning of voluntary race day furosemide (Lasix) administrations by some US racetracks or lawmakers is expected to encourage a return to practices deemed cruel, inhumane, or potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of a horse.    Regulatory policy permitting race day furosemide was developed […]

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ARCI: ‘Dramatic Drop’ In Horse Racing Doping Cases In 2018

The 2018 Anti-Doping and Drug Testing Program conducted by US racing regulatory bodies found continued substantial compliance with racing’s medication and anti-doping rules and little support for claims that the use of drugs to mask pain when horses race is rampant. As it does each year the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) released a […]

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ARCI Proposes To ‘Dramatically Increase’ Trainer, Owner Penalties For Doping

The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) is considering a major change to the recommended penalties for violations of the association’s drug rules to dramatically increase sanctions on those violations that can be considered “doping” or “equine endangerment”. An ARCI workgroup has been quietly working for […]

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‘Advocating For Horses’: Dr. Corrine Sweeney To Serve As New Chair Of ARCI

Noted equine health researcher and Pennsylvania Racing Commissioner Dr. Corrine Sweeney, DVM, is the new Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). In addition to serving on the commission since 2008, Dr. Sweeney is Associate Dean at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and one of […]

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Gorajec: ARCI Gets A Mulligan On Previous Failure To Phase Out Race-Day Lasix

On March 28, 2011, eight years ago today, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec reminds us in his InsideRacingRegs blog, the Association of Racing Commissioners International dropped a “bombshell” on the horse racing industry by calling for a five-year phaseout of race-day use of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide, or Lasix. InsideRacingRegs is published by Horse Racing […]

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