Maryland Becomes First State To Pass National Equine Medication Compact: THA 3/30/18

By: Tom LaMarra Pending the signature of Gov. Larry Hogan on legislation passed by the General Assembly, Maryland will become ground zero for the Interstate Compact on Anti-Doping and Drug-Testing Standards. The state Senate March 29 passed the legislation on third reading, which means it now it goes to the governor. Both the Senate and

PHRC Considers State Medication Compact, NTRA Track Accreditation: THA 2/1/18

By: Tom LaMarra The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Jan. 30 said it will consider—after further examination—two proposals designed to further uniformity and integrity: legislation that would authorize a compact on equine medication and drug-testing standards, and racetrack accreditation under the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance. The PHRC took no action on either

Regulatory Conference This Week in Charleston: Blood-Horse 4/17/17

By: Frank Angst Many of the country's leading regulators will listen to panels and presentations on drug testing and enforcement, policing the backstretch, and promoting the sport, just to name a few, when they gather this week in Charleston, S.C. The Association of Racing Commissioners International's 2017 annual conference on equine welfare and racing integrity will begin

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

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,

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

The New Out-Of-Competition Testing Rule: What You Need to Know: THA Racing.Com 1/15/17

By: Alan Foreman During the coming months, racing jurisdictions throughout the country will be modifying or adopting the new out-of-competition testing rule that was adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International Dec. 9, 2016. The new rule was the product of an extensive collaborative effort by industry organizations, regulators, regulatory attorneys and the scientific

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

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

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