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ARCI’s Martin: Cheating Not ‘Ubiquitous’ In Racing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, submitted the following as a rebuttal to a recent two-part series in the Paulick Report, written by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Those articles, dealing with what Gorajec referred to as a “culture of cheating,” can be read here as part […]

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ARCI Industry Survey: 68 Percent Of Stakeholders Support Central Rule-Making Authority

The results of twenty-eight focus groups and an in-depth survey of a industry stakeholders, completed in 2016 by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, revealed widespread support for the creation of a centralized rule making entity accountable to the existing racing commissions reorganized into a multi-jurisdictional entity (interstate compact). With input from approximately 3,000 people, […]

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ARCI Survey Hopes To Find ‘Consensus’ On Horse Racing’s Issues, Future

The agencies regulating American horse racing want to know what issues the sport’s participants and patrons believe most urgently need addressing and the best way to do so. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), a not-for-profit trade association representing the regulatory bodies for horse and greyhound racing in North America and parts of the […]

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ARCI Updates Model Rules Of Racing

An updated version (6.3) of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Model Rules of Racing is now available on the association’s website on the Model Rules and Standards page.  (www.arci.com). The ARCI Model Rules represent the racing industry’s best practice regulatory standards, developed in consultation with industry constituencies and adopted by the regulatory members of […]

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Trust, But Verify: Fact-Checking A Few Of Racing’s Stump Speeches

There’s a disturbing similarity these days between sitting in public meetings and forums on various horse racing topics, and watching coverage of the presidential election: everyone has a stump speech, and they don’t seem to get tired of hearing themselves talk. We touched on this somewhat with our tongue-in-cheek regulatory meeting bingo card published last […]

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Town Hall Meeting: Can Horse Racing Solve Its Biggest Problems?

I attended Monday’s “town hall” meeting at Gulfstream Park –- organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International –- with a fair degree of skepticism. Racing commissioners, after all, are the reason this industry is in such a mess, right? We have different rules in different states, dysfunction, and diseconomies of scale in regulating the […]

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HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky put together several panels on Thursday’s opening day designed to give HBPA members reassurance that the […]

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ARCI’s Second ‘Town Hall’ Meeting Seeks Stakeholder Input At Gulfstream Park

The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) will hold the second in a series of “Town Hall” meetings at Gulfstream Park on Monday, February 22, 2016. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input and have a frank conversation with racing industry stakeholders, participants, and fans in an attempt to find common ground and […]

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Round Table Aftermath: ARCI’s Martin Calls Jockey Club Direction ‘Unfortunate’

Following Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing, held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the following statements were issued by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The ARCI is an umbrella organization of racing regulators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago. For more on the Round Table, […]

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