Updated Penalty System Rule Progresses in WV Legislature: THA Racing.Com 2/23/17

By: Tom LaMarra Proposed amendments to Thoroughbred racing rules, including the updated Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System model rule, passed the West Virginia Senate Feb. 17 and await approval by the House of Delegates. West Virginia Racing Commission officials attempted to fast-track the updated MMV rule, which is one of four major components of the

WV Makes Serious Push to Facilitate Quicker Model Rule Adoption: THA Racing.Com 1/24/17

By: Tom LaMarra The West Virginia Racing Commission has agreed to ask state government officials to help facilitate quicker adoption of two important model rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in December. The WVRC at its Jan. 24 meeting also announced plans to expand its out-of-competition testing program this year beyond the

WV Tracks Submit Applications for Safety and Integrity Alliance Accreditation: THA Racing.Com 12/26/16

By: Tom LaMarra/THA Two West Virginia racetracks have submitted applications for accreditation through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, which in part encourages best practices and adoption of national model rules. Officials at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort just before Christmas told the West Virginia

WV Requires Track Accreditation by NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance: NTRA.Com 9/20/16

By: NTRA.Com The West Virginia Racing Commission approved a rule today requiring that the state’s two Thoroughbred racetracks – Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races – seek accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. The new rule calls for tracks to submit their initial application for accreditation within

Accreditation Gets Push in West Virginia: Blood-Horse 8/17/16

By Tom LaMarra West Virginia Racing Commission staff will explore, among other things, whether capital improvement money racetracks get from a video lottery terminal fund can be used to pay for accreditation through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance. The state's two Thoroughbred tracks—Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Mountaineer Casino,

Out-of-Competition Testing Progresses in WV: Blood-Horse 7/19/16

By: Tom LaMarra Regulators and track executives in West Virginia hope to have about 50% of the starters in two upcoming graded stakes tested out of competition as part of a launch of the program in the state. Officials are in the process of determining the likely starters for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr.

WV Moves Ahead With Out-of-Competition Tests: Blood-Horse 6/21/16

By: Tom LaMarra The West Virginia Racing Commission plans to launch its out-of-competition program in conjunction with the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. WVRC executive director Joe Moore June 21 said officials met at Mountaineer "to continue working on (developing) an out-of-competition testing program. The desire is