ARCI Names Members of New Model Rule Compliance Panel: THA Racing.Com 2/1/17

By: Tom LaMarra Three former racing regulators have been chosen to sit on a panel that will certify jurisdictional compliance with integrity standards each year—the components of the National Uniform Medication Program will be the focal point for 2017. The Association of Racing Commissioners International Feb. 1 named Steve Barham, Bennett Liebman and Allan Monat

ARCI Updates Model Rules Of Racing: Paulick Report 9/18/16

By: Press Release 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

ARCI Updates Regulatory Standards: ARCI.Com 4/13/16

By: ARCI Press Release Lexington, KY -  The revisions to its racing regulatory standards that were adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its meeting last month in New Orleans have now been formally posted.  Sections pertaining to Medical Labeling were strengthened to ensure that improper medications are not being used in

Adoption of Penalty System Considered Key: The Blood-Horse 4/11/16

By: Tom LaMarra Of the four major components of the National Uniform Medication Program, the multiple medication violation penalty system has been adopted by the lowest number of jurisdictions. But one official April 11 said he expects that to change. New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman, during a presentation at the Racing Officials

Foreman Believes in Science Behind Thresholds:Blood-Horse 3/24/16

By: Frank Angst Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman is confident a 2015 decision by a Delaware assistant attorney general not to pursue a medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher will not negatively impact the National Uniform Medication Program. Speaking at the Association of Racing Commissioners conference March 24, Foreman said he doesn't expect

RMTC: Uniform Drug Program Has Momentum: The Blood-Horse 7/7/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra An effort that began in the Mid-Atlantic region more than two years ago has made "significant progress," according to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Adoption of the National Uniform Medication Program hasn't been without its twists and turns, but given the fractured nature of the Thoroughbred industry and the need

New Drug Rules Take Effect in West Virginia: The Blood-Horse 6/29/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra With the latest Thoroughbred racing rule changes now in place, West Virginia has now fully adopted the National Uniform Medication Program. The updates took effect June 28, said Kelli Talbott, senior deputy attorney general for the West Virginia Racing Commission. They include the multiple medication violation penalty system, which targets repeat

Commentary: ‘If Florida Can, We All Can’: The Blood-Horse 6/3/15

RMTC By Lonny Powell There is very good news—actually great news—emanating from Florida regarding industry efforts to adopt and implement what is commonly referred to as the National Uniform Medication Program. On June 2 Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation enabling adoption and implementation of the reforms in the Sunshine State. The governor's action followed

Florida Governor Signs Medication Reform Bill: The Blood-Horse 6/2/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra Florida Gov. Rick Scott June 2 signed into law legislation that will revamp equine medication and drug testing as part of the National Uniform Medication Program. The law takes effect July 1 of this year. It requires the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to adopt rules that govern permitted therapeutic medications