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

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

With Eye Toward Uniformity, Kentucky Reviews Drug Rules: Blood-Horse 2/1/17

By: Frank Angst After an in-depth review of its racing medication rules relative to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s recommendations, a Kentucky council is recommending penalty classification changes for a pair of medications. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council recommended Feb. 1 that the expectorant ambroxol (Ambril) be moved to a more severe penalty

PA Approves Penalty System Changed; Integrity a Focal Point: THA Racing.Com 1/26/17

By: Tom LaMarra At a meeting that again featured a discussion on the importance of improving integrity in horse racing, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Jan. 26 approved revisions to the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System. Pennsylvania adopted the MMV Penalty System, a component of the National Uniform Medication Program, in August 2016. The model

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

Delaware Moves to Adopt Revised Model Rules on Medication: THA Racing.Com 1/11/17

By: Tom LaMarra The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Jan. 11 moved to update model rules for the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System and out-of-competition testing. Both rules were approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International Dec. 9, 2016, after endorsement from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. DTRC Chairman Duncan Patterson said the penalty

WVRC to Examine Options for Quicker Adoption of Model Rules: THA Racing.Com 1/10/17

By: Tom LaMarra The West Virginia Racing Commission intends to examine its options in regard to facilitating quicker adoption of national model rules, in particular those related to equine medication and drug testing. West Virginia thus far has been among the more proactive states when it comes to the National Uniform Medication Program, which it has

RCI Approves Panel to Rate State Uniformity: Blood-Horse 12/14/16

By: BloodHorse Staff When the Association of Racing Commissioners International adopts a model rule for Thoroughbred racing, it encourages each of its state regulator members to put the rule in place but has largely few options if states do not adopt a model rule. That could change, though, fueled by ratings that would be determined

NTRA Board Approves Updates to Safety & Integrity Code of Standards: NTRA.Com 10/20/16

By: NTRA The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Board of Directors today approved amendments to the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Code of Standards, including: a January 2019 deadline for total compliance with the National Uniform Medication Program (Program); annual certification of jockey weight scales and automated logging of weight data; and strengthening of totalizator

Stronach Tracks Address ‘Program Trainers’: Blood-Horse 9/23/16

By: Doug McCoy Believing suspended trainer Marcus Vitali may have been working with another trainer to effectively enter horses during his suspension, The Stronach Group announced this week that no entries would be taken for horses trained by Vitali. On Sept. 22, Sal Sinatra, general manager of the The Stronach Group's Maryland Jockey Club tracks