Equine Injury Database Statistics Continue to Reflect Progress: THA Racing.Com 3/11/17

By: Tom LaMarra Fatalities in races in 2016 dropped 5% from the previous year to 1.54 per 1,000 starts, another indication that improved safety protocol and a tightening of equine medication rules are making a difference in Thoroughbred racing. The Equine Injury Database statistics released March 10 by The Jockey Club show an encouraging trend

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

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

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

Just Do It: The Blood-Horse 8/25/15

By Tom LaMarra In March 2013 eight states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast—Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia—announced their intentions to adopt uniform regulations governing equine medication rules and drug testing. The effort, spearheaded by the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which represents owners and trainers in many states in the

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

RMTC Gives Final Approval for Multiple Violation Penalty Model Rule 7/19/13

NEWS RELEASE July 19, 2013 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC GIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATION PENALTY MODEL RULE The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has given final approval for a Multiple Violation Penalty (MVP) model rule and has forwarded it to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI)

RMTC Approves Multiple Violation Penalty System 6/6/13

NEWS RELEASE June 6, 2013 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC APPROVES MULTIPLE VIOLATION PENALTY SYSTEM A new penalty system for North American racing designed to reduce positive drug tests and identify and penalize trainers with multiple medication infractions took a major step toward implementation this week when the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

RMTC Board Implements Initiatives on Lab Standards,Quality Assurance and Research… 7/2/09

NEWS RELEASE July 2, 2009 Contact: Hallie Roach (859) 224-2848 RMTC BOARD IMPLEMENTS INITIATIVES ON LAB STANDARDS,QUALITY ASSURANCE AND RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM Beginning a process that will result in the most significant changes to drug testing in the United States in more than three decades, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors