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September 12, 2014

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Arkansas Racing Commission Adopts National Uniform Medication Program, September 12, 2014
By Hallie Roach Lewis
The Arkansas Racing Commission yesterday became the most recent commission to adopt the Controlled Therapeutic List and the Multiple Medication Violation portions of the National Uniform Medication Program recommended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC). In addition to the adoption of these two portions, Arkansas currently works with Truesdail Laboratories – an RMTC Accredited Laboratory – for its testing. Arkansas commission officials are confident that third party administration of furosemide will be in effect by the start of the 2015 Oaklawn Park race meet on January 9.
The four-pronged program has been endorsed by over 60 industry stakeholders. Once fully adopted, Arkansas will join Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Virginia as the sixth state to fully implement the program with many other states in process. Continue Reading...

National stewards’ conference to address loading fractious horses last, September 11, 2014
By Christian Nicolussi
LOADING fractious horses last into the outside barrier will be one item thrashed out at next week’s national stewards’ conference in Sydney.
And a national rule dealing with riders carrying their weight across the finishing line — a la Tye Angland at Canterbury a few months ago — will also be discussed. Continue Reading...

Horse racing can’t smirk at NFL’s troubles, September 11, 2014
By Richard Eng
If there is a sport that should not be smirking at the Ray Rice based foibles of the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, it’s horse racing.
The sport has stubbed its public relations toes more than once on issues such as claims of animal cruelty, use of legal and illegal drugs and transparency throughout the game, to name a few. Continue Reading...

Legislators demand answers in lax enforcement of greyhound abuse, September 11, 2014
By Mary Ellen Klas
Saying that's Florida's delayed prosecution of greyhound abuse laws is unacceptable, three Florida lawmakers have ordered state regulators to provide them detailed answers to questions involving animal cruelty and abuse allegations.
In a letter to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Division of Parimutuel Wagering, state Reps. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, and John Wood, R-Winter Haven, cited an investigation by the Miami Herald and ordered the agency to respond to a lengthy list of questions. They gave the agency ten days to respond. Continue Reading...

The Jockey Club Denies Stud Book Privileges to Four People, September 11, 2014
By Shannon Luce
The Jockey Club announced today that two people will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book permanently and that two others will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for five years. All actions become effective January 1, 2015.
The denial of privileges, pursuant to Rule 19 of the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book, includes the privilege of registering foals and the privileges of any registration process for any Thoroughbred. Continue Reading...

McHenry County delays vote on horse racing rules, September 10, 2014
By Madhu Krishnamurthy
The McHenry County Board will continue its review next week on a host of new regulations, including restrictions on horse racing, storage of boats and recreational vehicles, and adult businesses in unincorporated areas.
After months of haggling, board members have proposed more than 60 amendments to the "unified development" ordinance that consolidates and streamlines existing regulations on zoning, subdivision and signage. The nearly 300-page ordinance took more than three years to draft. Continue Reading...

Boehrigner-Ingelheim Vetmedica Issues Voluntary Clenbuterol, September 10, 2014
By Natalie Voss
Pharmaceutical producer Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. issued a voluntary recall of 45 lots of Ventipulmin/Aeropulmin syrup (also known as clenbuterol) in July.
Veterinarians and distributors were issued a letter from the company on July 9 informing them that the lots concerned tested low for methylparaben, a preservative used to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Continue Reading...

Owner-Trainer El Deeb Denied License in MN, September 9, 2014
By Frank Angst
Citing concerns about neglect of horses owned by Mohamed El Deeb, the Minnesota Racing Commission on Sept. 6 denied his license applications, saying he was "unsuitable for licensing in Minnesota in any capacity."
The decision was in line with recommendations to deny the license from the MRC's compliance committee, the MRC's board of stewards, and the Canterbury Park director of security. Veterinarian and commission member Camille McArdle issued an Aug. 19 letter recommending his license application be denied, citing photos of alleged lack of care of El Deeb's horses. Continuing Reading...

Stewards Desmond and Cooke join forces, September 9, 2014
By Ernie Manning
Racing and Wagering WA has appointed Rebecca Desmond and Tayla Cooke as the first female cadet stewards in more than 100 years of Perth trotting.
Desmond, 28, gained a degree in criminology at Edith Cowan University and is a qualified classical dressage instructor. Continue Reading...

ORC Statement On Mohawk Race, September 4, 2014
Trot Insider has received a statement from the Ontario Racing Commission pertaining to its decision regarding Race 9 from Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Sept. 1.
A downpour of rain midway through Monday's card rapidly degraded the track conditions at Mohawk. After the ninth race, in which a group of horses were refunded due to impedance caused by the starting car, the remaining three races were cancelled. Continue Reading...

2014 Points of Emphasis
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  • Encourage the use of technology for RCI database, InCompass, etc by all stewards.
  • Understanding the application of the National Uniform Medication Program including the Multiple Medication Violation Program and how it affects your jurisdiction.
  • Ensure clear and concise verbal and written explanations of stewards’ decisions, daily reports and disseminate to the media through track and/or racing regulatory websites.
  • Encourage consistency and uniformity in enforcement of interference rules
  • Understanding Addictive Behavior Treatment Programs available in your jurisdiction
DISCLAIMER: The News e-Blast is a compilation of articles that may be of interest to racing officials. They do not reflect the opinions of ROAP and the inclusion of any article in this compilation should not be taken as an endorsement of the views represented therein.

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