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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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‘The Optics Are Horrible’: March Of Out-Of-Competition Testing Is A Slow One

One of the familiar themes at the Jockey Club’s 64th annual Round Table Conference held Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. was the usefulness of an out-of-competition drug testing program (OOCT) in horse racing. Jeff Novitzky, vice president of athlete health and performance for Ultimate Fighting Championship, pointed out the importance of OOCT to anti-doping […]

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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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Arthur: Necropsies Reveal ’85 to 90 Percent’ Fatal Injuries Have Preexisting Damage

The British outlet The Guardian took stock of the past years’ negative mainstream press on American horse racing in a report published Sunday, with some interesting perspective from several officials and horsemen. Among the potential solutions suggested for the problem of fatal breakdowns and overmedication on the track, Ed Martin of the Association of Racing Commissioners International revealed […]

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RCI President: Lou Pena case a ‘game changer’

RCI President Ed Martin said today that the case brought against Standardbred trainer Lou Pena by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board is a “game changer with wide ramifications for racing regardless of breed”. “This is a new chapter, make no mistake about it,” he said, noting that New York’s reliance on veterinary […]

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RCI committee adds to list of Class 1 banned substances

Press Release The Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee (DTSP) committee of Racing Commissions International (RCI) yesterday voted to specifically add Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and related analogues (bath salts), Dermorphin, as well as synthetic cannabinoids as Class 1 prohibited substances in horse racing and called for any violators to be sanctioned with the highest recommended penalties […]

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