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ROAP e-News Blast

December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays and wishing everyone a productive New Year! 

Be on the look out for email/phone contact from a ROAP regional representative. We are setting up regional racing officials groups to discuss current event and promote consistency.


'Problem' horses at the starting gate: How rules vary around the world, December 20, 2014
By James Crispe
It’s one of a trainer’s worst nightmares. Here’s the scenario:
Lengthy periods of planning and preparation have gone into selecting a prestigious big-race target at a faraway racetrack; ensuring that your horse is at the peak of physical fitness, having overcome any potential negative side effects of many hours of travel and racing in unfamiliar conditions; and complying with all the relevant licensing and quarantine protocols. Continue Reading...
Ruling on unseated jockeys hanging in the balance, December 19, 2014
By Patrick Bartley
Late last week stipendiary stewards from across the world gathered in Hong Kong on the eve of that country's most important race day.
They were in the most successful racing country to debate and define contentious rules of racing. Continue Reading...
New York Harness Horse Regulations Upheld, December 19, 2014
By Marlene Kennedy
New York has the authority to order the random off-track testing of harness horses, the state's high court ruled Thursday.
New York enacted the so-called out-of-competition testing rules in 2009 as another way to keep horse racing clean. Continue Reading...
Implementation of New Anabolic Steroids Policy Delayed until March, December 19, 2014
Press Release
Clarification and consensus sought with key stakeholders on certain elements
Support for the policy’s objectives and zero tolerance approach remains unequivocal
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that full implementation of the sport’s enhanced, zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of anabolic steroids has been put back, with implementation intended for March 2015.
The reason for the deferral is to allow more time to work with stakeholders, trainers and owners in particular, to clarify certain elements of the new Rules and to secure consensus from all affected parties. These elements include the definition of a “responsible person”, i.e. the individual with the responsibility for ensuring that a horse is not administered with an anabolic steroid at any given time. Continue Reading...
California Horse Racing Board considering new gelding rule, December 19, 2014
By Steve Andersen
At its monthly meeting at Los Alamitos on Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board discussed creating a rule that would result in the scratch of any horse who has been gelded since his last start if that information is not disseminated to the betting public in a timely fashion,
The racing board did not take action on the issue. Any proposed rule must undergo a lengthy process including a period of public comment before taking effect. The rule would require first-time geldings be scratched if they are not designated at entry time, or made known to the public before the start of betting on the morning of a race. Continue Reading...

Musselman Drops Lawsuit Against Churchill, December 19, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
Ed Musselman's litigation against Churchill Downs Inc. involving backstretch access has come to an end after the Indian Charlie publisher and track owner on Dec. 16 jointly agreed to a voluntary dismissal.
Musselman filed the suit last month seeking to prevent Churchill Downs and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission executive director John Ward Jr. from indefinitely denying him access to the Louisville, Ky. track. While Musselman's litigation against Ward continues, the portion of the lawsuit against Churchill and its director of security Robert King has been dismissed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Continue Reading...
RMTC Executive Committee Responds to Proposal, Stresses Importance of Independence, December 18, 2014
By Hallie Roach Lewis
The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met on Wednesday, December 17, to consider a recent letter from the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) inviting the RMTC to merge with RCI’s Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.
The RMTC Executive Committee members reaffirmed the decision of its board on October 13, 2014, to conduct strategic planning on future research needs and to re-organize the RMTC Scientific Advisory Committee and its processes to adapt and respond to new drugs, practices and substances which threaten the integrity of racing. Further, the executive committee affirmed the importance of maintaining an independent and apolitical RMTC for equine drug and therapeutic medication research. The RMTC’s efforts have led to significant changes that have improved U.S. drug testing capabilities and medication regulation from its current independent position. Continue Reading...
RCI Appoints Five to New Medication Board, December 18, 2014
By Frank Angst
The Association of Racing Commissioners International board has selected five initial members for its new Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee, a group that could eliminate or significantly reduce the current role of the industry's Racing Medication and Testing Consortium in shaping medication and testing policies.
The first five people appointed to the new committee are Dr. Rick Sams, director of HFL Sports Science in Lexington; Dr. Scott Stanley, director of the University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory; Mary Robinson, of the University of Pennsylvania where she is co-director of the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory and director of the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory; Dr. Ken McKeever, associate director of the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University; and Dr. George Maylin, director of the New York Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College. Continue Reading...
Rodenticide Linked to Six Sudden Horse Deaths, December 18, 2014
By Jack Shinar
California racing officials have identified a connection in the sudden death of six horses with trace amounts of anticoagulant rodenticide in their systems, the state horse racing board was told Dec. 18.
Dr. Rick Arthur, California Horse Racing Board equine medical director, said the horses, who died between Dec. 21, 2012, and Sept. 18 of this year, all expired due to internal bleeding following exercise. Necropsy exams found each had only trace amounts of a strongly toxic anticoagulant used in the extermination of rodents at racetracks in their systems. Continue Reading...

New Rules Lead to Spike in Indiana Positives, December 17, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
The adoption of new model rules on medication use has led to a spike in positive tests in Indiana.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission reported Dec. 18 a total of 47 rulings for positive tests for prohibited substances or substances over threshold levels at the 2014 Indiana Grand race meet. Of the total, 24 were Thoroughbred horses and 23 were Quarter Horses. An additional 15 tests currently await adjudication, of which 11 are Thoroughbreds and four are Quarter Horses. Continue Reading...
RCI Request Would Change RMTC's Current Role, December 16, 2014
By Frank Angst
In a move regulators say would streamline the process of rule-making in the areas of medication policy and testing standards, the Association of Racing Commissioners International has asked that the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium be merged into a new RCI scientific advisory board.
The move would eliminate the current role of the RMTC in initially shaping rules, providing industry expertise in shaping new policies, and presenting recommendations to regulators. The RCI called on the RMTC to merge into a permanent scientific advisory board, the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee, that will develop policy recommendations. Continue Reading...
RCI Uniform Classification Guidelines Updated, December 16, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has updated its Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and Recommended Penalties and Model Rule Update. 
The most current version of this document is Version 8.00, which has a release date of December 2014. Continue Reading...
WVRC Eyes Independent Review of Collision, December 16, 2014
By Tom LaMarra
The West Virginia Racing Commission, as part of an investigation into a head-on collision during a Dec. 13 race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, said it will look into funding to pay for an independent review of the incident.
The collision was triggered when a horse threw its rider heading into the second turn of a three-turn race, turned and ran the opposite way along the rail up the homestretch, and collided with another horse on the far turn. The warning system, which includes a siren and lights at four points on the racetrack, wasn't activated. Continue Reading...

New York Trainer Cannizzo Suspended, Fined, December 15, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
New York trainer David Cannizzo has been suspended 45 days and fined $6,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission after three horses he trains tested positive for a painkiller marketed under the name Darvon.
According to the rulings, the horses testing positive for Propoxyphene, which is a Class 3 drug on the Association of Racing Commissioners International schedule, were: Bernie the Maestro, winner of the first race Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course; Ave's Halo, winner of the first at Belmont Park Sept. 24; and Rachel's Temper, second-place finisher in the 10th at Saratoga Aug. 3. Continue Reading...
Laurel Park Re-Accredited by Safety Alliance, December 12, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance has re-accredited Laurel Park for two years.
Located in Laurel, Md., southwest of Baltimore, the 103-year-old racetrack received its initial Alliance accreditation in 2013 and is conducting its fall meet, which concludes Dec. 31. Continue Reading...
Symposium: Steward Revisits BC Classic, December 11, 2014
By Frank Angst
California Horse Racing Board senior steward Kim Sawyer said having the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as the final race of the day this year created problems in publicizing the reason for the decision to take no action following the controversial race.
Sawyer was willing to sit on the hot seat and field questions following a creative panel on the final day of the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming sponsored by the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program near Tucson, Ariz. 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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