ARCI Welfare, Integrity Conference Continues: The Horse 4/20/17

By: Edited Press Release The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is pioneering cost-effective loaner integrity teams that provide investigative reinforcements for the sprint sport’s big-event days. That program was the main focus of Wednesday’s discussion on “Policing the Backside: A View from the Front Line” at the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s (ARCI) 83rd annual

Maryland Commission Streamlines Rule Adoption Process: THA Racing.Com 2/23/17

By: Tom LaMarra The Maryland Racing Commission has developed statutory language that will allow it to adopt updates and changes to model rules—most recently the one on out-of-competition testing—as they are approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The MRC, which held its monthly meeting Feb. 23, falls under the state Department of Labor,

Out-Of-Competition Testing Rule Moves Forward in Maryland: THA Racing.Com 1/17/17

By: Tom LaMarra The new out-of-competition testing model rule approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in December should be on the books soon in Maryland. The Maryland Racing Commission Jan. 17 approved the rule under emergency provisions. The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission approved the rule at its meeting Jan. 11. “There is a

MD. Racing Commission Adopts ARCI Penalty Guides: The Racing Biz 10/18/16

By: Frank Vespe In a moment of what Yogi Berra might have called “deja vu all over again,” the Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday adopted the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rules on medication penalties — rules that most observers thought the Commission had adopted back in 2014. By unanimous vote, the Commission directed

Maryland Adopts ” Graded Stakes” Testing on All Samples: The Racing Biz 6/8/16

By: Frank Vespe In a move made with little fanfare, the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this year began testing all equine samples to graded stakes protocol, Commission executive director Mike Hopkins said June 3. The move to upgrade the state’s testing came following the mid-March mid-Atlantic regulators meeting, although Hopkins said it was something that

MARYLAND EQUINE FATALITY RATE DROPS 37 PERCENT: The Racing Biz 3/29/16

By: Frank Vespe The incidence of equine fatalities in Maryland fell to its lowest rate since 2011 in 2015, according to data from The Jockey Club released last week. The combined fatality rate at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course dropped to 1.35 deaths per 1,000 starters. That was a 37 percent drop from the

Maryland Racing Commission Names Medication Policy Committee: The Racing Biz 1/19/16

By: Frank Vespe In the wake of a controversial non-disqualification that roiled the Maryland racing industry, Maryland Racing Commission chairman John McDaniel announced today that he had appointed a Medication Policy and Review Committee. That committee will be comprised of three commissioners and chaired by Dr.Tom Bowman, a veterinarian whom McDaniel described as “most qualified

ARCI Announces Members of Compliance Group: The Blood-Horse 9/29/15

By Blood-Horse Staff The Association of Racing Commissioners International Sept. 29 announced members of a committee that will work with regulators in each racing state to complete implementation of reforms that make up the National Uniform Medication Program. The 12 members of the ARCI Compliance Committee were invited by ARCI chairman Mark Lamberth, who has

Maryland Racing Commission adopts cobalt regulation: The Racing Biz 5/19/15

RMTC By Frank Vespe A year ago at it post-Preakness meeting, the Maryland Racing Commission voted to begin testing cobalt levels in horses in an effort to establish threshold levels and determine whether it needed to regulate the substance. Today, a year later, the Commission voted to do just that. By a unanimous vote, the