RCI Model Rules

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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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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Model Rules Committee Delays Decision On Out-Of-Competition Proposal

The Model Rules Committee of the ARCI has moved closer to a revision of the Model Rules to facilitate an expansion of out-of-competition testing by forming a subgroup of regulators involving several industry organizations to address what have been identified as deficiencies in a proposal submitted by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium that had […]

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What Good Is A Model Rule In Horse Racing If No One Follows It?

Imagine, for a minute, that the rules governing the National Football League were developed the same way as horse racing regulations. During an annual meeting, personnel from the NFL league office would discuss and approve “model rules” for the game, then team owners around the league would be encouraged – but not required – to adopt them. […]

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Vazquez Files Appeal After Xylazine Positive in Pennsylvania

Troubled Mid-Atlantic trainer Juan Vazquez – ejected this year from tracks in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – is appealing a June 17 ruling from stewards at Pennsylvania’s Penn National racetrack fining him $2,000 after a horse he trains tested positive for the short acting sedative xylazine. The official chemist from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing […]

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Arkansas to Require Commission Vets to Administer Lasix

The Daily Racing Form reports that the Arkansas Racing Commission will enact a new rule next year requiring Lasix to be administered by commission veterinarians only. Previously, the drug could be given by private racetrack practitioners on race day. The change will go into effect Jan. 9, in time for the upcoming Oaklawn Park season. […]

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New Mexico Stewards Scratch Horse From Rich Futurity Due to Owner’s Fourth Drug Violation

Jm Blu Moonflash was scratched by New Mexico Racing Commission stewards from Sunday’s $289,728 New Mexico Classic Futurity at Zia Park after penalties from the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rules for multiple drug offenses were imposed on both the horse’s owner, J and M Racing and Farm, and the horse himself. According to […]

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